Freedom for the world's last dancing bears

Ladies and gentlemen, there will be no encore. Animal rights activists have freed Bulgaria's last three dancing bears. Bulgaria was thought to be the last country where a shuffling bear was considered entertaining.

The terpsichorean brown bears will now 'cool their heels' in a mountain sanctuary. An apt turn of phrase, since dancing bears-in-training are forced to walk on hot coals to a drum beat to develop their moves. Ah, show business. Thou art a cruel mistress.

In other news, sensing an emerging market niche, China has stepped up its dancing panda program. In America, the dancing monkey program is well under way.

A Dancing Bear…old school