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Picnicking Glendale Bear Plucks Orange, Incorporates Vitamin C Into Diet

The Orange stands alone. Photo by ccharmon via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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Michelle Obama will no doubt be pleased to know that humans are not the only ones benefiting from her efforts to educate America about healthy food -- the meatball-eating bear in Glendale has heeded her advice as well, and was seen yesterday picking an orange from a tree.

The LA Times reports that the bear, which they say is 250 pounds but has been reported elsewhere as weighing in at 500 pounds, was spotted last night in La Crescenta at about 8:00 p.m. After climbing a car and then plucking the orange, it later rummaged through some trash cans before being chased back into the woods by Fish and Game officials' sirens and lights.

While we're all busy being charmed by this adorable bear, though, things look ominous for the animal. The Times reports that residents are "adamant" that the bear -- who's apparently come down from the forest because the 2009 station fire destroyed much of its habitat -- not be shot, but Fish and Games officials say that if it becomes a threat to residents, they will use deadly force.

Run back to the forest! Run!