‘Wild’ bear in Mexico whose encounter with hikers went viral
A “WILD” bear in Mexico whose encounter with hikers made global headlines is back – and proving he just wants a cuddle.
A woman was pictured standing incredibly still as the animal circled around her in Nuevo Leon.
Although the bear seemed friendly, the woman turned to walk away slowly and the animal began to follow her.
The bear grabbed onto his left leg as he perched on the ground before taking a liking to his left arm.
Despite the scary moment, the lady remained unfazed and seemed fascinated by the bear’s curiosity. She didn’t drop any of her things that were in her hand.
The encounter allegedly took place near the popular hiking trail of the Chipinque Ecological Park in San Pedro Garza García.
Park officials are said to have set traps for the wandering bear as the animal is considered a risk to visitors.
The animal was believed to be the same bear that was filmed sniffing a hiker who later shared her incredible selfie, a park official told El Universal.
The bear is believed to have been identified by a tag on its left ear, meaning it may be used to human contact as it remains incredibly calm.
Despite the heart-stopping moment in the park, the women kept their composure as the curious bear approached them from behind on a trail.
He was pictured on his hind legs as he approached the woman, sniffling before pressing into her.
The bear was so preoccupied with sniffing the hiker’s head that efforts to distract him failed.
The hiker quickly seized on the incredible moment and pulled out her phone to take a selfie.
As if fully conscious, the bear stood just long enough for the photo before falling back onto all fours and lightly crushing the woman’s legs twice.
The breathtaking moment was shared on social media where it has amassed over two million views since Saturday.
Former NBA player Rex Chapman shared the video on his page and wrote, “Oh. my. God. She’s a rock. I want that girl in my foxhole…”
The user who shared the video noted that it’s not uncommon to see black bears in the Chipinque Ecological Park, and it’s certainly not the first time it’s been filmed.
Black bears are normally shy animals but they can get curious. They can get more information from its sense of smell, sight, and hearing when standing on its hind legs.
The majority of their diet usually consists of grassesroots and berries although bears have been known to sniff around trash cans.