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"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

As unbelievable as it sounds, my favorite animals in the world are not polar bears, but they're a close second.  Nevermind that I sleep with two of them every night or adopted one from World Wildlife Fund.  Polar bears are printed on my clothes, reusable shopping bags, credit card, bookmark and within the Greenpeace calendar I purchase annually.  Polar bears not only secure my online banking, they hang from my Christmas tree & decorate my skydiving logbook. In the village of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the polar bear a.k.a. Ursus maritimus was idolized.  The animal was pictured on almost every store's postcards and plastic bags. A statue of one was erected near the grocery store and another by Skinnboden Sporting Goods.  It was the logo for Svalbardbutikken, the territory's website, Spitsbergen Gues…