Points of view -Too much success


What have you done for us lately Mr. Obama?

A Spanish newspaper recently reported on the virility of Pyros, a brown bear facing sterilization after conservationists found he was too successful at reproduction.

Scientists working to reintroduce the species in the Pyrenees, where it is nearly extinct, used DNA testing to show that he is the father, grandfather or great-grandfather of nearly every cub born there in the last two decades.

Now they want to give other males a chance at fatherhood, even if that means castrating a poor bear whose only crime is that he is too sexy.

There is a metaphor buried in this story, and it is about Barack Obama. A sexy bear if there ever was one.

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