Timothy Treadwell was a self-taught grizzly bear expert, wildlife preservationist and documentary filmmaker. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve for 13 summers and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons.
Timothy Treadwell first visited Alaska in the summer of 1989, when he camped and viewed grizzly bears at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. The experience inspired Treadwell to dedicate himself to the protection of the bears and their habitat. By 1992, he was camping independently in Katmai National Park and Reserve, living among the bears as they converged at key salmon runs. During his first 10 years, Treadwell chronicled his experiences and observations in diaries. In 1997, Treadwell began to use a video camera to capture daily life in Katmai, as never previously done.
In October 2003, Treadwell's remains, along with those of his girlfriend Amie Huguenard, were discovered near their campsite in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve. They had been mauled and devoured by a grizzly, the first- known victims of a bear attack in the park.
In what is described as his final message, Timothy Treadwell is talking in the past tense as if he knows there will be no more videos. During his life he had been quoted as saying; “It would be an honor to end up in bear scat.” “I will die for these animals, I will die for these animals, I will die for these animals.” “I would never, ever kill a bear in defense of my own life.”
Combined, these speech reversals appear to have an ominous tone. Was his death a horrific accident, or did he plan his death by way of the bears he loved?
Brackets [ ] indicate where the reversal occurs. Click on the mp3 to hear the reversal.
Animal Planet - The Grizzly Man Diaries: A Final Message
[Well, it is the] hundred thirty third day of the expedition. And, and I'm so thankful. Thank you dear animals.
(HELL: an expression of displeasure; pain; suffering; harmful overpowering emotions; an undesirable situation; a self-created reality of despair. Source: Metaphors in Reverse Speech)
My life has found meaning, to protect and to love these animals. I will live for them. I will die for them. I will care for them forever in my heart. In my death, [the work will live on through this video], through my notes.
The work will only be, be better. People will see the true way of how it was. And they will see, just how beautiful. And how much I adored them, I loved them, respected them. And then perhaps, the world will want [to also love and respect] them.
And just hang on and save some of these animals. [Sin save some of these la]st, last, last beautiful places. We're losing it. We're losing this. Thank you dear animals for giving me life. For making me something. For making me understand, what my purpose is on this planet and how much I love you.
(Note: Normally one would know that he meant to grammatically say the word "and" where the word "sin" is. But the reversal occurs at this point and that is the sound used in the forward speech to help facilitate the sound of the reversal. Therefore it has been noted to document the reversal accurately.)
(OWL: see Wisdom, metaphor pair; Owl is knowledge from conscious mind whereas Wisdom is from the unconscious mind; knowledge that one has reasoned with the intellect; earthly "wisdom"; the part that intellectually reasons and understands. WISDOM: see Owl; Wisdom is unconscious knowledge, Owl is conscious reasoning; Owl is forwards or knowledge, wisdom is backwards insight; comes directly from the Soul; to be taken very seriously; profound truth; it by-passes the intellect.SIN: personal shortcoming; error; danger; to fall short of expectations; to achieve less than you are capable of achieving; also a genetic dysfunction. Source: Metaphors in Reverse Speech. ESSENCE: Can be a synonym for the soul. He has previous referenced the soul.)