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The story about a lost human soul trying to find a friend in the Grizzly Maze
on 5 July 2016
This is a fascinating character study of Timothy Treadwell who had difficulties in 'treading well' among his own human race so he decided to tread among the Grizzlies. And he indeed tred well among the bears for decades - giving us the unprecedented amount of close and even face to face footage with one of the most majestic and fearsome animal in the animal kingdom.
Misunderstood by people, he gave these bears all his love, devotion and - in the end - his life.
Different viewers - myself included - will see Timothy as being different shades of crazy. Some will see him as bi-polar or depressed, others as positively kooky and many as a total nut job. Whatever we may think of him, he achieved something none of us had and ever will. And I can't help but ponder that in the end it was not the craziness or the kookiness that was his demise but his arrogance. He lived among the wild bears for years (3-4 months every year for 13 years) with no harm ever coming to his 'crazy' or 'kooky' self. This last footage filmed hours before death shows us that he believed he was larger than life; that he cracked the animal code and that no harm can ever come his way. He broke his own safety protocol: he returned in September despite knowing all his long-life bear friends would be gone and beginning to hibernate; despite knowing that the bears that he would find in the Grizzly Maze would be the less familiar ones and the more aggressive ones desperately looking for food before winter; he set up his tent in hiding rather than in bears' plain sight - despite telling his viewers that it is a mistake and for anyone of us it would end badly.
I like Timothy despite what I wrote above. He was obviously troubled and in the end he became arrogant but his heart was always in the right place. Misunderstood by his own race , sadly he himself misunderstood the bears. I think this documentary portrays it very well - bears are bears; they are animals that will kill their own if they have to.