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Bears communicate in sign language

December 11, 2007

Can the bears express their needs in sign language? Check this video and decide for yourself

  1. December 11, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I think they are really signing!
    “Look at me”
    “give it to me”
    “please, give it to me, pleaseeeee”

  2. sean
    December 11, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    it is so amzing!!:)

  3. AnnieGiglz
    December 11, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    (jaws dropped) omg!!! yes.. its SO amazing!!

    Can you find where that bear cuz I want that bear!! (j/k)

  4. Scratch my head
    December 12, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Did the bears say ‘Hello’ and waving their hands to get zookeeper’s attention?

  5. Bear lover
    December 12, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Very impressed! I am very shocked! Wow! I think they know the human language.

  6. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:58 am

    What crap!! seeing that bear kneeling is impossible looked like dressed up bears cos of that bear walking and calling out is a fake.

  7. December 12, 2007 at 4:25 am

    To Anonymous, I don’t think its fake that someone dressed up look like a bear. It is actual bears, real bears. I observed very carefully – watched video few times so I firmly believe it is real, not fake. Just like monkeys, they can sign. Some animals do sign, not just monkeys.

    Its really impressive, very impressive. I never seen a bear sign not even in zoo, in my entire life until this video. Very amazing and beautiful to see this! *applause!*

    -Heather aka DeafMom

  8. drmzz
    December 12, 2007 at 9:19 am

    So that’s where BSL came from. πŸ™‚

  9. December 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Ha – Drmzz – that was a fun poke at BSL.

    The bears look like they are signing “more-more-more”!

    This was a great clip!

    ~ LaRonda

  10. deafpride
    December 12, 2007 at 10:17 am

    give me food right now you idiot ( stamping paws )

  11. December 12, 2007 at 10:51 am


    December 12, 2007 at 10:59 am


  13. santa
    December 12, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Awesome, bears using ASL!!!!!

  14. Terri Watts
    December 12, 2007 at 11:56 am


    Bears are quite smart!

  15. December 12, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    WOW!! Caaaaaaaaa-hute!!! πŸ™‚

  16. Wow!!!!!
    December 12, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Wow! Amazing and I couldn’t believe my eyes when seeing this video! The bear seemed like waving to get attention, then yelled “ah” then “food”! Then other bear got up and signed like “I am cute” and begging for food. Our Pom dog tries to sign to us, too. Pets are aware that you are deaf so they start to sign to you. Our cats tap us to get our attention.
    The octopan (big weird looking monkey)learned a bad word “f… u” from some ppls at the zoo. He gave any visitors a finger so the zoo removed him.
    I believe all animals could sign to each other. My first exhubby (hearing) told me that he noticed dogs using diff. voices to communicate with other dogs. Like 8 diff. sounds.
    Smile. Merry Xmas!

  17. Mark Maki
    December 12, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    wow amazing! I never know that bear can sign or gesture. cool!! thank you for sharing!!

  18. hexbomb
    December 12, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    yes its very clever but its also very sad. the bears are obviously hungry and all squashed in that small pen… they have either learnt or been taught to beg or do something cute for food so the people feed them…. like a circus bear riding a bike- looks fun but the bear wouldn’t do it if it wasnt for human influence.

  19. .
    December 12, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Anything is possible. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Terry
    December 12, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Does this mean that Sign Language is actually sub-human? If bears can do it, that doesn’t say much about deaf people.

  21. Berry
    December 12, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    > Terry Says:
    > December 12, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    > Does this mean that Sign Language is actually sub-human? If bears can do it, that doesn’t say much about deaf people.

    Wow, what beautiful logic. So if animals can speak to each other, then that doesn’t say much about hearing people either, right?

  22. Bobby Lopez
    December 12, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Hey Fookembug,
    Wow! You did very good that Bears are support ASL power,Thumbs up!!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Bobby Lopez

  23. Bobby Lopez
    December 12, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Fookembug,
    Wow! You did very good that Bears are support ASL power,Thumbs up!!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Bobby Lopez

  24. Bobby Lopez
    December 12, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Fookembug,
    Sorry, I hit “Submit Comment” twice accidentally.
    Bobby Lopez

  25. Misha
    December 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Wow! That’s so incredible and CUTE!!!! Even though bears really don’t use ASL but do most gestures which is so obvious. But, nonetheless, it is real a big kick to see them “signing”! πŸ˜€

    Misha πŸ˜€

  26. Terry
    December 13, 2007 at 6:06 pm


    Throughout history, hearing people have viewed deaf people as having no language. Many thought that ASL was merely broken English or random gestures. Speech was equated with language.

    Stokoe proved that language is not dependent on modality — signing is on a par with the world’s spoken languages.

    Now, if we are trying to say that bears can sign with fluency, we are opening ourselves to the possibility that signing is not a language for language is what is supposed to separate humans from animals.

  27. Michelle D
    December 14, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Amazing!! Couldn’t believe the way they sign. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  28. Gina
    December 16, 2007 at 9:10 am

    I have immediately come to great saddness seeing these creatures, that God made to be free, being laughed at and mocked and maybe they will get treats…. sick sick sick

  29. Anonymous
    March 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

    i like bears and they are intersting to me i like the way they fight and kill things

  30. Anonymous
    March 18, 2008 at 8:58 am

    i think that bears are fun to see and watch my favorite animal are bears

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