Pencilsqueezer has some serious competition. This week on SVT there was a rather charming news story about Jusoo the Finnish bear artist who has just had a vernissage. He’s a very visceral artist. He covers his bum in paint and then rolls around on the canvas. His art works (the proceeds of which go to the bear orphanage where he lives) are making some serious money. There was some wonderful “unbuttoned” footage of him lounging around on a large table in the forest looking rather pleased with himself.
Yes, as the storm clouds gather, the New Dark Ages loom, the End is Nigher than ever and we stumble into the Twilight Zone of the post-truth era, it seems like an appropriate moment to ask: who is your favourite animal celebrity?
Here are a few of mine: old and new.
Lulu the elephant whose appearance on Blue Peter was a protopunk Pistols moment for pachyderms
Stoffel the honey badger with balls of steel who broke out of his own enclosure in order to break into the lions’ area and then take on the Alpha male
Chi Chi, the London Zoo giant panda whose relationship problems cast a shadow over my childhood » Continue Reading.