How to Prevent ‘Rabbit Starvation’

How to Prevent ‘Rabbit Starvation’

Rabbit starvation is a serious risk during survival situations. Read on to learn what it is and how to stock your survival stash so you don’t fall victim to it yourself. What is Rabbit Starvation?  “Rabbit starvation” is a term used to describe a form of malnutrition caused by eating a diet high in protein but low in fat.  Also known as “protein poisoning”, rabbit starvation mainly effected Native Americans living in forested areas during the winter who depended on rabbit meat (which has nearly ¼ the fat of beef) and explorers. While rabbit starvation is extremely rare in the modern […]

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Cold Weather Survival in Your Car

Cold Weather Survival in Your Car

According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, cold weather kills twice as many Americans every year as hot weather does.  Studies done in other countries have cold weather deaths as high as five times those of heat related deaths.  And these studies note that while extreme cold and heat raise the risk of death, more deaths actually occur during moderate weather. Cold weather is deadly, and it doesn’t take a blizzard to do the job, it just takes prolonged exposure too cool temperatures, even temperatures as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to death in as little as one hour if one is over exposed. […]

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Concealed Carry Basics for Women

Concealed Carry Basics for Women

These days, more and more women are getting their concealed carry permits. Firearms are often referred to as “the great equalizer” because they can give women, especially smaller women with no specific training in self-defense, an advantage over would-be attackers. All politics aside, if you’ve ever been stalked, mugged or sexually assaulted, your views on guns might change once you realize the advantage a firearm can give you over a would-be attacker. While handguns are also not the ideal survival weapon, getting familiar with handgun basics now can definitely still be an advantage after SHTF. Especially right when disaster strikes, […]

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5 Options for Light Sources After SHTF 

5 Options for Light Sources After SHTF 

Light is very important. It is very difficult to do anything after the sun goes down without light. You’ve probably realized this if the power has ever gone out at night-it strikes you all at once how much you rely on light. Obviously, in modern life we are very dependent on light. Not just the lights in our homes, but also street lights, the light from our cellphone, and even light pollution to illuminate the light. But after disaster strikers, if power grids are down, there won’t be much light anywhere. Here are some options for light sources for when […]

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First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

Plastic bags are cheap, easy-to-find and also have a number of awesome survival uses. Probably the most life-saving are the first aid applications. To choose the right plastic bags to keep in your survival stash, black garbage bags or kitchen bags work best as they are thick and difficult to tear. Don’t choose the scented ones (some kitchen bags are scented). You can often find cheap garbage bags at Costco or dollar stores. Here are some ways to use them for first aid: Irrigating a wound Poking a small hole in plastic bag can create a very efficient manner of […]

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3 Survival Myths and Reality

3 Survival Myths and Reality

1. All you need is a bug-out bag While having a bug-out bag is very important, it’s not the end-all be-all to survival. Even if you have it with you when disaster strikes, and are able to make it to some idyllic wilderness cove with fresh water and plentiful hunting, there’s still lots of hard work ahead of you and the supplies and equipment in your bag will only last so long. And let’s be real-you will most likely not smoothly transition from complete disaster and chaos to an idyllic wilderness cove with fresh water and plentiful hunting. A bug-out bag is […]

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How to Prepare for a Solar Flare

How to Prepare for a Solar Flare

You’ve probably heard more and more about solar flares in recent years, and the threat they pose to modern life. NASA has warned of increased solar flares and the potential damage they could cause. But what exactly are they, and how can we prepare for them? What are solar flares?  ‘Solar flare’ is a blanket term for something called a coronal mass ejection, or CME. The solar flare itself isn’t actually the threat, its the CME, which is a mass of super-charged, high-intensity radiation that erupts from the solar flare and essentially shoots out into outer space, to use the most simplistic […]

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4 Ways to Keep Wasps Away

4 Ways to Keep Wasps Away

In a normal situation, a wasp sting is painful but manageable. In a survival situation, it can be much more dangerous, especially if you’re allergic to bee and wasp stings. Fortunately, there are natural ways to keep wasps away without running to the store for bug spray. Try out one or more of these and see how much the wasp population around your home or camp decreases. Wear Muted Colors Like bees, wasps are attracted to flowers and brightly colored plants. You can avoid being mistaken for a wasp’s natural feeding ground by wearing more muted colors. Don’t Wear Sweet-Smelling […]

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Self-Reliance During Distaster: When The Government Can’t Help

Self-Reliance During Distaster: When The Government Can’t Help

We have all seen the video and images of people suffering in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina at the Superdome, waiting for government assistance that seemed to never arrive.  We can learn a lot from the unfortunate events that transpired after this disaster.  Let’s consider three of those lessons and what you can learn from them about taking your life in your own hands. First, have a supply.  This goes for everything you need.  You should have at least a week’s worth of food for everyone in your home.  And while canned food is cheaper than freeze dried food, it […]

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Protecting Yourself During Civil Unrest

Protecting Yourself During Civil Unrest

As recent events have taught anyone paying attention, natural disasters are not the only thing one needs to prepare for when considering survival.  If you are living in an urban area you could easily find yourself in a riot and complete lawlessness.  This could leave you without power and water in your home, and in danger if you chose to leave your home for basic supplies for everyday life (not to mention, even if you make to Walgreen’s, it might be on fire already). So as always one should have a supply of canned foods or freeze dried foods, water […]

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3 Tips for Surviving in the Heat

3 Tips for Surviving in the Heat

Unfortunately, we can’t choose when and how a disaster occurs. If we had our choice, we’d only ever have to use our survival skills in perfectly mild, sunny (but not too sunny) weather. That’s not the case, though, and with huge demands on the power grid, droughts, and other factors, there’s a good chance that you might end up in a survival situation in the middle of a heat wave. So how can you keep from getting too hot and getting sick or injured? Do a few simple things to stay cool and healthy. Do Your Foraging in the Morning […]

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How to Grow Sprouts

How to Grow Sprouts

Sprouts are awesome. They’re jam-packed with crucial nutrients, they are ultra-rich in vitamin C and as they are living, growing plants, they also have cancer-fighting phytochemicals. They’re also great to grow in the winter months when fresh, local produce is hard to find and your garden is dormant. Sprouting seeds can also be stored in your survival stash for quickly available fresh, nutritious greens after SHTF. Types of sprouts You can virtually sprout any seed or grain, but some are definitely easier and preferable to others. You will most likely recognize alfalfa sprouts as they are the most common and are delicious as […]

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German Government Warns Citizens to Stockpile Food and Water

German Government Warns Citizens to Stockpile Food and Water

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ll be aware that there has been a deluge of terrorist attacks in Europe in the last year as well as a crippling immigration issue in countries like France and Germany who have open borders. Many legitimate refugees of the Syrian war and other Middle Eastern conflicts have been flooding into Western Europe, and among this chaotic mass migration more and more acts of violence, not necessarily directly related to the immigration but certainly tangent to it. Mandated Stockpiles And now, for the first time since WWII, the German […]

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10 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

10 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

Duct tape is one of the best inventions of all time. Seriously. The sturdy, waterproof-sealing tape can be used for oh so many things, including many potentially life-saving survival hacks. There’s probably far more than contained in this list, but here are some of the best to know: 1. First aid Duct tape can be used in lieu of stitches or a butterfly bandage, as a split, to protect a wound from germs, to secure a bandage and even as a makeshift cast. 2. Tape up holes in tents, tarps, clothing Duct tape is amazingly secure, and especially on synthetic […]

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Survival Pet Food

Survival Pet Food

When it comes to disaster, we want to be prepared for our whole family-pets included! Dogs and cats especially can be wonderful survival companions; dogs can alert you of intruders, and, depending on their breed, even protect you from them, while cats can protect your survival food supplies from rodents. Both dogs and cats provide irreplaceable companionship as well, not to mention a little extra warmth on a cold night! To keep our furry friends sustained in a disaster, it’s important that we prepare for them as much as we do ourselves. We have an article specifically about taking care […]

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Simple DIY Survival Lamp

Simple DIY Survival Lamp

Oil lamps are great. They can provide long-burning light that shines brighter and more consistently than a candle. Plus you can make them with just about any jar. There are couple of different methods to make them. One method is very simple: Take any kind of jar that has a secure lid. Mason jars work great for this. Poke a small hole in the lid and thread a wick through. You can use a properly made wick, or even just strands of fabric, but a synthetic fiber wick properly made for this purpose is going to work best. They’re cheap, […]

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Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Apocalyptic movies aren’t exactly manuals for survival, but they can be thought-provoking and inspiring. A very good mental practice for survival is to think what you would do in certain situations, so movies like this can really help you embrace the mindset of extreme survival and help imagine what it might be like post-apocalypse. Plus, they’re fun to watch! Here is a list of a few of the best, in no particular order: The Day After Tomorrow This movie depicts the effect of a massive storm on North America, as well as the harrowing struggle for survival following. Much of […]

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Self-Defense Without a Firearm

Self-Defense Without a Firearm

The most effective tool for self defense is a firearm.  But what if you are one of the people living in an area where your right to defend yourself is being limited?  Or if you can’t afford a firearm yet, can’t carry one where you live, or simply do not want to buy one? Then you are going to have to stay smart to say safe, and improvise.   If you are being robbed, for example, especially by an armed attacker, you should always appear to comply and be submissive, even while planning your counter attack.  There’s always the chance […]

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Tips for Storing Ammo

Tips for Storing Ammo

Whether you’re wanting to store ammunition for hunting, home defense or both, it is crucial to store it properly. Ammo is not immune to the influence of the elements, and it can corrode and potentially become either useless or actually dangerous for you to use. Here are a few tips for storing it properly and easily: Case You’ll obviously want to start with a case. Specifically manufactured ammo cases are ideal and can be found at your local army surplus store or online (and if you plan to fly with your ammo at any point, for whatever reason, you’ll need […]

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Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Zip ties are awesome, in so many ways. They can secure so many things very securely, and they’re totally adjustable to whatever you need. Not to mention with one easy tug, they’ll get as tight as you need them to be, and literally cannot be loosened. So zip ties are an excellent survival item as well, you’ll definitely want to get yourself some for your bug-out bag or bunker. Here are just a few ways you can use them: Shelter If you find yourself in a situation where you’re trying to create a makeshift tent or shelter, zip ties can […]

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5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

When SHTF, drug stores will probably be one of the first places to be raided. In natural disasters, they often are. OTC drugs become scarce, and there’s a few essentials that you’d be very wise to hoard now, both for your own use and possibly bartering. OTC drugs are usually pretty light and don’t take up much space. While they come in pretty secure packaging most of the time, they do have expiration dates, so keep that in mind. Fortunately, most common OTC drugs are available in generic brands which can be very affordable, especially at places like Costco, Wal-Mart […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, then you’ve no doubt heard about the recent widespread outbreak of the Zika virus. New outlets all over the US are talking about it, but few seem to have any real information. So what is Zika? What are the signs and symptoms? What are your risks? Here’s everything you need to know about the Zika virus and the current outbreak. What Is Zika and Why Is It So Dangerous? Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that originated in Uganda, where it was first discovered in rhesus monkeys 1947. The first human case […]

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Alive After Crisis

Alive After Crisis

What in heaven’s name is going on to this world? Tsunamis, war, drought, earthquakes, a super volcano under Yellowstone, radiation from Fukushima…it’s starting to sound a lot like the frightening prophesies contained in the book of Revelation. But it doesn’t take a prophet to look at the current state of the world and know something is up. It can be challenging to take a step back and try to make sense of it all. FEMA camps, Homeland Security stockpiling ammunition, Sharia law, open borders in the US, war all across Europe, nuclear weapons, ISIS…things are getting crazy, and you’re probably getting […]

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Survival Uses for a Tin Can

Survival Uses for a Tin Can

Since most of us have at least a modest stash of canned foods for an emergency, it’s really great to know a few different ways they can be used for survival. Metal is very valuable for makeshift tools, and tin cans provide a cheap, relatively easy-to-manipulate supply, not to mention probably a pretty steady one if you’re stocking up on canned foods. Since you will most likely have access to tin cans after SHTF, the one crucial component you need to prepare for is being able to use them, so having tools that can cut and pierce the cans will […]

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A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

It is always a good idea to assemble your own seed vault, as opposed to buying one ready-made. There are several good reasons for this, mostly having to do with the fact that you decide what goes into the seed vault. You can choose the best foods for your needs, your climate, your capacity for growing. Ready-made seed vaults tend to be one-size-fits all, which simply isn’t going to work for every zone. Picking out the right seeds for your seed vault is up to you. You will of course want to consider your zone and what will work there, as […]

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4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

Every time you get a prescription from your doctor, your medication comes in a new medicine bottle. While it might be tempting to throw those bottles away or recycle them when they’re empty, you might want to think again. Medicine bottles have a lot of interesting uses that can help you survive a disaster situation. A Compact, Weatherproof Fire Starter Pack one medicine bottle with cotton balls soaked in Vaseline. Pack another with matches and/or a lighter. The Vaseline-soaked cotton balls make great fire starters, and the bottle will keep them from getting wet in inclement weather. And, if you’re […]

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Dollar Store Survival Items

Dollar Store Survival Items

Bugging out doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are definitely some items you’ll want to invest more money in, like backpacks or tents, or maybe weapons or hunting tools, but there are many items at the dollar store that are not only great to have in a bug-out bag, they’re dirt-cheap so they’re easy to hoard. Every dollar store is different, so check your local one and see what they have! Here’s some good items to look out for: Lighters/Matches Dollar stores and even big box stores typically have cheap packs of lighters and matches. Butane […]

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How to Survive Summer Without Store-Bought Sunscreen

How to Survive Summer Without Store-Bought Sunscreen

Do you ever watch action-adventure movies and wonder how people get caught out in deserts and other high-exposure situations without getting sunburned? Of course, in those movies, the exposure isn’t real and the actors are all on sound stages or covered in sunscreen. Scenes like these do make you think, though, about what you’ll do if you’re caught out in the elements on a hot summer day without any sunscreen. Fortunately, if you have the right ingredients, you can actually make your own sunscreen that’s nearly as effective as the stuff you buy at the store. With this, and some […]

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3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

Water can be a tricky thing for survivalists. In an emergency or disaster situation, you’re going to need clean, potable water, but you likely won’t be able to carry enough with you or store enough in your home to last more than a few days. As a result, preppers and survivalists are always looking for better ways to get enough water in a disaster. Unfortunately, some of the things you might do with water to stay alive could actually kill you. Watch out for these potentially deadly mistakes. Not Boiling Water Long Enough A lot of people think that just […]

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Preparing for Life Without Oil

Preparing for Life Without Oil

We know we can’t rely on gasoline forever, especially after SHTF. While it is certainly prudent to store whatever gasoline you can for vehicles and generators, it will only last for so long. As grids fail and the infrastructure for large-scale industrial oil drilling is no longer in place, or even if you simply want to be more self-reliant and live off the grid, learning to be less dependent on petroleum is key. Here are a few ways you can take a few more steps towards preparing for life without oil. 1. Learn Fire Inside and Out Learning how to […]

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3 Steps to Be Psychologically Prepared for Disaster

3 Steps to Be Psychologically Prepared for Disaster

Experts on survival and prepping often focus on the physical things that people need to do to be ready for a disaster. They’ll teach you about stockpiling food, learning survival skills, and filling your bugout bag with all the right gear. What they won’t tell you is how to prepare psychologically for a disaster. Doing this could mean the difference between reacting to a survival situation with logic or going into shock and being unable to do anything about it. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to being mentally prepared for any disaster. Anticipate Anxiety and […]

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Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

GMO plants and seeds are ubiquitous these days and trying to keep Monsanto out of your kitchen can be very difficult. It can also be intimidating trying to keep them out of your garden, especially considering they are now the largest seed company on earth. They even own many smaller seed companies that sell non-GMO and organic seeds. That means it’s hard to avoid giving your money to Monsanto, even if you are buying certified organic! But it’s not entirely hopeless. There are still a few ways in which we can keep Monsanto out of our gardens and seed stashes. Know […]

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Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to think about one of the more disturbing threats to a hearty survival stash: less-prepared people. Not everyone has a armored doomsday bunker to stash their food and supplies, so here are a few simple tricks for hiding the things that will be highly sought after-and potentially even banned or confiscated-after SHTF. Use Decoys When people are scavenging, they’re going to grab the first things they can find. So consider placing small amounts of food or less valuable supplies in more obvious places, while using the more ingenious hiding places for your longer-lasting and […]

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Three Basic Methods of Purifying Water

Three Basic Methods of Purifying Water

Water is the single most important aspect of survival. You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. When it comes to preparedness, planning for a method of water storage as well as water purification should be your first step. Most people think of food and energy right away, but you can’t do much to re-hydrate and cook fancy dehydrated emergency food without water. You can only store so much water-you just never know how long you will be without access to clean drinking water. So while it is certainly prudent to store up […]

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10 Survival Antibiotics (Infographic)

10 Survival Antibiotics (Infographic)

When disaster hits, disease and infection can often quickly become the primary cause of death. Having food, water, and shelter are crucial-but there are medical considerations as well. Like them or not, antibiotics can be the difference between life and death. This infographic, based on an article from Urban Survival Site contains 10 antibiotics you may want to consider obtaining for your prep stash-just in case. If you like this, you might also like: Make Your Own Survival Food, The Traditional Way Learn How-To take your garden or farm to the next level… Click Here To Get The Best Survival […]

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Survival Tips From the Homeless

Survival Tips From the Homeless

A lot of our modern survival wisdom for SHTF these days actually comes from people who are or have been homeless. The men and women who brave life on the streets or along the highways of America have gained some valuable knowledge for modern survival. We won’t all have 20 acres of private wilderness to bug in on when SHTF so take note from some of these crucial pointers: Shelter A vehicle is the most ideal. It can provide you with shelter from the elements and security for your belongings. Otherwise, when choosing a place to camp or sleep, you’ll […]

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Is Martial Law Really Right Around the Corner? 

Is Martial Law Really Right Around the Corner? 

In the alternative media and among many internet circles, the subject of martial law has been a hot topic for the last few years. And with an upcoming election and the culture wars more heated than ever, it’s important not to get jaded. Remember the boy who cried wolf? No one believed him when the wolf came around, and when it comes to issues as big as martial law and the likelihood of the government enacting it, it might actually be prudent to keep listening to the boy crying it. It doesn’t matter when the wolf will come-it could happen at any time. Despite the […]

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Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

It can be overwhelming to pick among the many options for first aid kits and medical stockpiles, especially if you’d prefer natural, holistic remedies over synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs. Here are a few natural products with a multitude of first-aid options that are ideal to add to your first aid stash. Activated Charcoal Every natural medicine chest should have activated charcoal. When taken internally, it absorbs toxins in your stomach, so it is incredibly important to have in case of ingestion of poison, food poisoning, and other digestive sicknesses (note: it is not, however, effective for alcohol, cyanide, lithium or iron poisoning). But […]

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Basics of Home Defense

Basics of Home Defense

Every year, on average, one million Americans are victims of violent home invasions.  Self-defense starts at home.  What can you do to increase your chances of survival? Get a dog It doesn’t have to be a Pitbull to increase your safety, and a large dog has its drawbacks in some situations.  For one, if you are thinking about long-term survival after a disaster, a large dog requires more food than a small dog.  But even a Chihuahua can wake you up when someone is trying to break in, giving you the chance to arm yourself that could save your life. […]

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Bear Safety Tips

Bear Safety Tips

Bears are common throughout North America, and when camping, hiking, or bugging out, it’s very important to familiarize yourself with basic bear safety tips. Know the difference There are two types of bears in North America: black bears and grizzly, or brown bears. Black bears are obviously often darker, but they also have taller ears, no obvious shoulder hump and a straight face. Brown or grizzly bears are larger, and have a very distinct shoulder hump, short ears, and a “dished” shaped face. Recognizing the difference in their tracks is important as well, so you can tell which bear is […]

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