"THIS IS WHAT THE BEAR LOOKED LIKE, ONLY REAL"

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A popular YouTube video has placed Cleveland back in the Internet spotlight — leaving us free again to be united in shame.

Armed with a cardboard cutout of a black bear, Fox 8 News in the Morning reporter Todd Meany turns a Woodmere backyard bear sighting into a report that quickly becomes too intense for it’s own good. Meany runs through the backyard carrying the cardboard bear, helping us imagine how the paper bear can climb trees and “escape into the forest."

But we’re safe, the report tells us, and so are our pets. Then — and we wish we were making this up — he dons a giant squirrel mask that looks like it was made for a college film student's Donnie Darko rip-off — and says in his best Norm MacDonald impersonation, “I’m good. I’m, uh, faster than a bear.”

Another shining moment in Cleveland TV news history. — Niklos Salontay

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