Falling Bear Meme: Falling Bear Gets Hit by Car, Dies
The falling bear that went viral and became a meme was hit by a car and killed.
The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday around 5:40 a.m. after being hit by a car in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.
The bear, was picked up by wildlife officials and Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, confirmed that officials positively identified the bear as the same animal tranquilized April 26 and relocated to a wilderness area about 50 miles west of Boulder.
"It's a bummer. It's so hard to go through this and not be able to give these bears a good place to live," Churchill told the Daily Camera. "The community sees relocating bears as a kind of perfect solution, and unfortunately it's a really difficult proposition."
The accident involved two cars and left one driver with minor injuries, Colorado state police told the paper.
The instantly iconic picture of the falling bear, shot by photographer Andy Duann, quickly went viral, appearing in print and online publications around the world and leading to Falling Bear Facebook and Twitter pages.
The bear was believed to be 1 to 3 years old.