If you’ve clicked on this story, your day is about to be ruined.
A bear cannot officiate your wedding.
Last year, The Daily Mail along with Cosmopolitan and The Mirror published many stories about images that surfaced showing a bear officiating a wedding in Russia.
It was, however, fake news.
They managed to track down the bear who couldn’t help with the investigation, because he was a bear.
It turned out however, that the photographer, Olga Barantseva, had done a number of photoshoots with a tame bear in the past; the bride and groom weren’t connected on social media; the bride was listed as ‘single’ on her Facebook page; the bride lived nowhere near Moscow, where the wedding took place.
Also bears cannot hold rings, become ordained, or speak English.
For any media agency, the 24hr news cycle can make fake news hard to spot. Heck even we have run stories that have turned out to be a little bit false.
But if we’re honest, they probably should’ve seen this one coming.
Mamamia acknowledges the rights to these images are owned by Caters News Agency.
— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) October 31, 2016