While you were eating candy in your Sexy Ketchup outfit, or whatever you did on Halloween, Tatqiq the polar bear was keeping you safe from Frankenstein.* Now do you see why we have to protect this important species?
Tatqiq’s encounter with the lawn ornament provides a coda to the events of Mary Shelley’s novel. At the end of the book, the monster floats away on a raft of ice and disappears into the Arctic sea. By performing a scene in which he is then gnawed on by a polar bear, Tatqiq, who lives at the San Diego Zoo, is clearly offering a commentary on the novel’s refusal to follow the monster to his ultimate fate. Or possibly she just likes chewing on stuff.
* I am deliberately trolling people who compulsively say “excuse me, Frankenstein was the doctor, you mean Frankenstein’s monster.” Got sick of y’all during the “Frankenstorm” run-up to Sandy.
- Polar Bear Drowns Frankenstein, Discovery News
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