Rapper Pitbull visits Alaska, gets bear spray

12:18 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
Armando Cristian Perez, better known by the stage name Pitbull, holds baby Christopher Brian Pruitt-Panamarioff Monday, July 30, 2012, on stage in Kodiak, Alaska, during a performance by the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers. (AP Photo)
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(CBS/AP) KODIAK, Alaska - Miami rapper Pitbull can now say he's safe from bears in Alaska.

Pitbull received a care package Monday from Walmart during his visit to Kodiak, complete with bear repellent spray and bear bells used by hikers to make noise, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.

The bear spray had special meaning to about 250 people who attended the Pitbull appearance at the Coast Guard base in Kodiak. The rapper had tweeted he heard the local Walmart sold the spray.

In a marketing deal, Pitbull - whose real name is Armando Christian Perez - agreed to visit the Walmart that got the most likes on its Facebook page.

Kodiak was the easy winner, thanks to David Thorpe, a Boston writer who thought it would be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible. Thorpe also was in Kodiak Monday and met the rapper.

In a tweet, Thorpe wrote: "Just met Pitbull. He shook my hand and said "Keep bull*******. Next thing you know we'll be on the moon."

Pitbull was a good sport, receiving a key to the city from Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson, who donned shades to mimic the dapper rapper's look.

Thorpe tweeted: "Pitbull is mad classy. He's enjoying the hell out of this event."

Pitbull tweeted a picture of him holding a child onstage alongside Alutiiq dancers and said, "Thank U Kodiak ... I am honored, truly."

The rapper, known as "Mr. Worldwide," told the audience he would put Kodiak into a future song.

Following the appearance at the Coast Guard base, he met employees of the Walmart.

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