Bear convicted for theft of honey
By Paddy Clark, BBC News

The taste of honey was just too tempting for a bear in Macedonia, which repeatedly raided a beekeeper's hives. Now it has a criminal record after a court found it guilty of theft and criminal damage. 

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But there was an empty dock in the court in the city of Bitola and no handcuffed bear, which was convicted in its absence.

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The case was brought by the exasperated beekeeper after a year of trying vainly to protect his beehives. For a while, he kept the animal away by buying a generator, lighting up the area, and playing thumping Serbian turbo-folk music. But when the generator ran out of power and the music fell silent, the bear was back and the honey was gone once more.

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"It attacked the beehives again, » said beekeeper Zoran Kiseloski. Because the animal had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the court ordered the statelo pay for the damage to the hives - around $ 3,500; € 2,238.

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The bear, meanwhile, remains at large - somewhere in Macedonia.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 3/2008 
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