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Hollywood Stunt Bear Kills Trainer

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You might’ve thought Hollywood would’ve replaced all live animals used in movies with fancy CGI graphics by now, but sometimes only a real, live predatory animal can fill the screen with the awe and menace required. Unfortunately, a dangerous, wild predator can still be deadly know matter how well-trained it is: Rocky, a 7 1/2 foot tall, 700 pound grizzly bear that wrestled Will Ferrell in the comedy “Semi-Pro” killed one of his trainers with a bite to the neck yesterday. The incident occurred on the grounds of the Predators in Action wild animal training center in the San Bernardino mountains east of Los Angeles.

Since the attack happened outside of the California Department of Fish and Game’s jurisdiction, officials aren’t sure whether the 5-year-old bear will be euthanized or not. In a sadly prophetic interview with the San Bernardino Sun, owner Randy Miller described Rocky as “the best working bear in the business,” but added, “if one of these animals gets a hold of your throat, you’re finished.”

The following two videos, which show Rocky in “Semi-Pro” and in training for the film, illustrate just how powerful and intimidating the bear could be, even in a comedic situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ3rgI11QLU

Even so, the bear can’t be blamed for being a bear. Maybe we should all settle for rubbery, fake-looking CGI animals just for the sake of everyone involved.

Either way, you can imagine Will Ferrell ending his day with a particularly bracing glass of scotch after hearing about this. — Ted Alvarez

Movie Star Grizzly Bear Kills Trainer (AP)