There is little that has gotten me as excited for my Churchill adventure as the Polar Bear Cam.
I know I’m not the only one – Winnipeg twitter addict and editor of the Filipino Journal, Ron Cantiveros, tweets out updates daily. “I've been watching a polar bear rolling in the snow for the last 10mins. #PolarBearAngels #NoReally” or “A planking polar bear! Wicked.”
So I’ve been trying to explain to my three-year-old daughter, who I call Bean, where I’m going this weekend.
“I’m going up north to see the polar bears.”
“Oh. Can we go right now?”
“It’s a little far, honey. But…”
Of course, Polar Bear Cam to the rescue! I fire up the computer and click on the bookmarked site.
And of course, there’s no polar bears. That’s probably due to the fact it’s 8 p.m. and it’s frickin’ dark. Duh.
“Mommy, where are the polar bears?” Bean asks me.
“Uh, they’re sleeping.”
“Oh. Can you wake them up?”
So, I go to the next best thing – Google’s image search. Up pops thousands of pictures of the gorgeous furry creatures that could kill you with one swipe of their massive paws.
“Awwww, they’re so cuuute!” Bean coos, entirely unaware of their murderous capabilities.
“And I’m going to go meet them.”
“Are you going to bring one home?”
Uh, no. But that would be pretty fun footage for the Polar Bear Cam.
– Managing Editor Elisha Dacey might bring home a stuffed Polar Bear if there’s room in her suitcase. Reach her at email@example.com or on twitter @elishadacey.