David Crockett had a pet bear that would sit over on the other side of the fireplace from him and smoke a pipe just like Crockett until bedtime. He finally got so civilized that he took whooping cough and died from it. Crockett never did forgive the preacher for refusing to give that a bear a Christian funeral.
--J. Frank Dobie
excerpt from "Bears Are Intelligent People"
from Old-Time Tales of Texas