Under the Law if a parent couldn't control their children and the parents brought them before the priests and said: "I can't control my child" then the congregation stoned them to death. (Don't laugh!!! This is not funny!) So much for a career as a Jewish juvenile delinquent. So maybe God saw these were clearly bad apples who would only get worse so he put them out of their misery only on.
So a very believable story is the place where this occurred was a narrow area of the road that was flanked by high ridges on both sides. Now if the Bible said just ONE bear came and killed them all, then you'd say, "Okay, why didn't they run out the other end!!" But with two, you see, they could corner them from either end.
Dont you see JC, that its just so convienent that all YOUR details are left out of the account. So much is left out of so many Biblical accounts from Genesis to Revelation. Another reason the account Reads like a "story" is precisely because of the implication of it. This attitude .... toward Gods prophet ....brings this result(death and destruction) instead of reasong we have killing. Instead of "learning curves" we have killing. Also, instead of YHWH making His word more understandable we have ambiguity. It becomes far too easy to dismiss such stories as fable than too take them seriously. In the end we have to question how HE managed to give such meticulous laws to the Israelites that they were stoned to death for disobedience, but then. was unable to provide us with a Bible NOT open to interpretation and ambiguity, so much so that we end up questioning it. What I am left with is for JC to come along and fill in the blanks for me. Thands JC but you didnt write the Bible did you?