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Bear encounter at Niigata clinic shows unsettling shift in habitat

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“The Three Bears,” an illustrated fairy tale written by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), is about a girl who stumbles across a cottage while trying to find her way in the woods. Seeing that nobody is home, she goes in, sits in a chair, helps herself to a bowl of soup, then lies down on a bed and falls asleep.

The cottage belongs to a family of three bears, who find the sleeping girl when they return from their walk.

In almost all children's picture books, bears are presented as cute and cuddly creatures. But in this Tolstoy book, a Japanese edition of which was released by Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., the bruins look quite menacing with their googly eyes and red tongues. I presume this........

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