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Wed., Oct. 16, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

Monkey See, Monkey Do, At UI

In a grassy clearing at the University of Idaho's Shattuck Arboretum, 14 wild animals are taking a mid-afternoon nap. In the distance, a bell tower chimes 2 o'clock, and as if on cue, a black bear begins stirring. It rises slowly, lets out a growl and lumbers up a path before climbing into a tree. There, it waits as two humans, crawling on all fours, slowly pass by. This isn't an experimental zoology study — it's an acting class. The black bear, 22-year-old Anthony Luna, is a senior majoring in theater performance. "It's been a mythic class for, like, four years," says Luna, covered in dirt and grass after the class' second outdoor session. The class, titled "Animals," is an elective offering in its 12th year at the university. In his syllabus, instructor David Lee-Painter describes the course as "a semester-long autodrama on steroids, without human communication skills"/Matt Benoit, Inlander. More here. (Photo: Matt Benoit)

Question: Which animal would you be most likely to replicate, if you took this class?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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