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Humane Society Goofs Up Perfection

We dare you. Look at the face of Idaho’s most famous black bear cub, rescued from a wildfire near Salmon Aug. 26. Just try not to let out an “Awww.” Now, we double dare you. Look into his eyes and see a Bernard. You couldn’t do it either, could you? Sometimes a name is just pitch perfect. Like Boo Boo — which Forest Service firefighters bestowed upon the bruin that they found, clinging to a charred tree, suffering from second-degree burns on his paws. A tribute, of course, to animated icon Yogi Bear. And a bit of upbeat whimsy, befitting one of the few feel-good stories from a tough fire season. Then the Idaho Humane Society tried to mess with perfection. Yes, Wikipedia says Bernard comes from “Bern-hard,” Germanic for “bear-hardy” or “brave as a bear.” It still sounds clunky/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Which name do you prefer for bear cub burn victim — Bernard or Boo Boo?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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