The recent death of North Korea’s diminutive leader, Kim Jong-Il, last month sparked a wave of mourning in the totalitarian state.

Citizens were scene weeping and lauding their dear departed glorious leader as the news made its way around the world.

But it didn’t stop there. Apparently, animals as well from around the country were seen mourning Kim Jong-Il’s death.

State news agency KCNA reported that last week a family of bears was scene weeping on the side of the road.

The mother and her cubs, typically unseen due to winter hibernation, seems like just another form of propaganda spread to heighten the former leader’s mythic status.

For a man that is said to have shot a 38 under par during his first ever round of golf, it doesn’t seem implausible.

According to the North Korean state media, a flock of magpies were also seen hovering above a statue of Kim around the time of his death on December 19.

The birds, reportedly numbering in the hundreds, were apparently “clattering as if they were telling him the sad news.”

Kim’s successor, Kim Jong-un, is the new face of North Korea: chubby, and already being made fun of on the Internet.