Despite Looming Zoo Cuts, Bears Have Job Security

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We love bears — the real-animal kind, the stuffed, cuddle-them-in-bed kind, and the hot-burly-guy kind — but today, we're a bit jealous of the real kind, however cute they are (behind bars), because they have job security in this economy. The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium are facing state-funding cuts of up to 55 percent, but the animals won't be lining up at the unemployment office any time soon: "We can 't fire our bears or furlough our sea lions," says the guy who oversees the zoo. But apparently they can still go ahead and name a baby walrus Akituusaq. Say what you will about naming a baby Bronx Mowgli, at least you can pronounce it. [Brooklyn Eagle]