Before going swimming in your backyard pool, check for bears… that is, if you live in North Vancouver. On August 17th, Tony Diering caught a bear in his pool and recorded video of it on his cell phone. “It’s just amazing,” Diering told CTV News. “You see funny things on YouTube, but to have it happening in your own backyard…”
Well, now, Diering’s video is on YouTube. (Trust me, you’ll want to watch.)
In the video, you can see the bear having a great old time, first by lounging in the pool, then by taking a dip in the hot tub (so much for cooling off on a hot day). The bear apparently entered the yard after breaking down some of a wooden fence.
Though it’s not every day that people see bears in their backyards (despite the approximate 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia as of 2012), Diering said that he saw a bear in his backyard a month ago, also, but was not sure if it was the same one. “…He was helping himself to the bird seed,” Diering said.
It looks like the same bear to me, but you be the judge:
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One thing is for sure, even though the bear did commit breaking-and-entering, he is awfully cute and comical in these videos. However, Diering said he is worried about neighbors’ safety as well as property damage. Maybe next time, Diering can leave the back gate open for the bear and invite the neighbors to watch the bear’s shenanigans. (Kidding.)