Yes, that’s right, bears.
To be more specific a single, beer drinking, cigarette smoking, ammo carrying, enlisted bear known as Wojtek who knew how to salute.
Newp, I’m not kidding.
He was a paid soldier of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps during WW II. He served his fellow soldiers and company until 1945 after which he retired from military service, and lived the rest of his days in comfort until his death in December 1963 at the age of 22.
I discovered Wojtek today, doing research and just had to share him. If you want to know more check out these:
Web – The Soldier Bear Story
- Meet The Most Adorably Terrifying Soldier Ever (buzzfeed.com)