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Bear Time

Canadian Mountie Delighted To Find Tumblr’s Cartoons of Her Stopping Crime With Bear Cub Partner


Two and a half years ago, Constable Suzanne Bourque was interviewing witnesses about the activity of a too-friendly-for-his-own-good bear cub who’d been pestering visitors at the Terra Nova National park in Newfoundland and Labrador when the bear cub himself showed up. The ensuing pictures were un-bear-ably adorable, but, in the way of things on the internet, ran under the radar for a while until they finally got their chance at becoming internet gold.

First there was the concept:

And then an artist arrived on the scene in the form of Ami Guillen, or Lemonteaflower, who, for example, drew the top picture on this post, and gave the then-unknown officer and bear the names Miss Officer and Mr. Truffles. From there, as so many things on Tumblr do, the idea has evolved into a tiny fandom of its own, with concepts, character lineups, gifs, Build-A-Bear dolls, and even educational cartoons about how campers can help bears by not feeding them. After all, that’s the trouble Bourque was trying to address when the picture was taken in the first place: eventually the real life Mr. Truffles was going to get so big that people would no longer think it was cute to have him walk up to them to sniff their hands and pockets.

And speaking of Bourque, she’s delighted at the little fiction that’s been drawn about her life based on a single photo. Some of it isn’t exactly fiction, either: there was a time when she was totally into The Spice Girls. “This certainly takes the cake for me. My sister, rightly so, said retire, basically, you’ve literally, pretty much, hit the peak of your career.”

The other good news is that Constable Bourque is confident that the real-life Mr. Truffles is still living happily in the wild after being relocated. Reports of his euthanization surfaced n 2011, but she believes those reports mixed him up with another too-friendly-for-his-own good bear cub who was also pestering folks in the same area at the same time. So don’t feed the bears, people. Feed the Tumblr content machine!

For more of Constable Bourque, and Miss Officer and Mr. Truffles, you can check out the Tumblr tag, this video interview for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or The Daily Dot’s interview.

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  • Meg

    YES Mr truffles lives!

  • Anonymous

    This is only the best thing. Wish I’d seen this meme before.

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    I’m glad to see the Interwebs weren’t horribly disappointed to discover that Mounties don’t wear Red Serge all the time and most of the time look like regular cops!

    Also seriously, this is great tourism for Newfoundland and Labrador. The friendliest people! Even the bears, apparently.

  • Vian Lawson

    Butbutbut … they wear red serge sometimes, right? Right? Like, on special occasions? Because red serge on an RCMP looks so great; stylish and comfortable.

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    Usually parades and stuff! Or ceremonial occasions. But mostly they’re just regular cop-like! Alas, not all our cops are like in Due South. Not that sexy either. (Also it’s a running joke that it’s not an official Canadian TV show/movie unless Paul Gross shows up.)

  • locuas

    someone make a show out of this but now!

  • http://readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com/ Janna

    Well done, humans. Well done, bear.

  • Ashe

    I’M STILL WAITING FOR THEIR TV SHOW.

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  • Laura Truxillo

    “Also seriously, this is great tourism for Newfoundland and Labrador.”

    Geeze, now all I want is an episode of Miss Officer and Mr Truffles where they save the threatened ecology of the day with the help of Great Big Sea…

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    Aww yiss.

  • Cellism
  • Anonymous

    Newfoundland & Labrador is the only province I’ve yet to visit. All the flights from NJ are expensive & get in really late so I can’t do anything the first day as I prefer to whilst travelling. I’m not one for cruises either.

  • Anonymous

    I love that Constable Bourque found her way onto tumblr and looked up lemonteaflower and the ensuing freakout that occurred. This whole thing is lovely and adorable- and informative. A cutesy cartoon that teaches common sense rules about dealing with wildlife and conservation? Yes, please.

  • Anonymous

    I love that Constable Bourque found her way onto tumblr and looked up lemonteaflower and the ensuing freakout that occurred. This whole thing is lovely and adorable- and informative. A cutesy cartoon that teaches common sense rules about dealing with wildlife and conservation? Yes, please.

  • Anonymous

    Smokey the Bear must be frantically calling his agent
    “Get me a meeting with a goddamm female Ranger or sumthin’!!!”

  • Anonymous

    Constable Bourque has the best attitude.

  • Anonymous

    Hurrah! Nice to see a story that goes: real-life person sees what the internet has been saying about them… and its adorable and respectful’ :)

  • gobbledygook

    Can you get to Toronto easily? Because Porter airlines flies between Toronto and St John’s, Newfoundland, and they have sales on their flights all the time (I believe there’s a sale on now if you want an idea of prices)