Shocking footage has emerged of a black bear approaching a group of hikers and they dealt with the situation in the best possible way...
We can't imagine anything worse than encountering a wild bear...Well, this was recently the reality for a group of hikers in Mexico, and they handled it in the best possible way.
But firstly...Why is it so dangerous to encounter one of these creatures?
Out of the numerous species of bears...The majority have proven to be extremely dangerous towards us humans and they are most certainly not an animal to be reckoned with.
Species such as grizzly bears and brown bears are known for being very territorial...And they will react quickly if they feel surprised or threatened.
Bears have a better sense of smell than dogs and they love humans' food.According to National Geographic, people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors are at a much higher risk of unwillingly attracting a bear. "If you're a hiker, be more careful about various kinds of scents and things that you would have on you - such as food, deodorant, and even chewing gum."
These creatures are also unbelievably strong.On average, a grizzly bear can weigh up to 700 lbs and they can reach speeds of up to 40 mph - making it physically impossible for us humans to outrun a bear.
So if a bear was to attack...We wouldn't stand a chance.
Experts have offered advice in the past on how to behave if we are to ever come face-to-face with a bear...But because of a bear's unpredictable nature, an encounter is always likely to end in disaster.
Well, a group of tourists recently faced this nightmare...But they handled it very impressively.
A group of hikers were recently out and about walking through Mexico's popular Chipinque Ecological Park in San Pedro Garza Garcia...And they were suddenly joined by an unexpected visitor - a black bear.
The bear seemed especially curious of 3 women...And just as experts suggested, the women stood completely still as the bear made its way over to them to check them out.
The 3 women all remained extremely calm...Which must have been unbelievably hard as at several points, the bear stood on his hind legs to give one of the women a good sniff.
The bear was particularly intrigued by one of the women...And at one point, she tries to shuffle away and the bear playfully paws at her leg. Yikes.
It was utterly terrifying to watch...And the tension is very much apparent as the hikers patiently wait for the bear to lose interest.
After around a minute, the bear starts to walk away...And even though it looks back several times at the bewildered hikers, it just plods away and carries on with its day.
The video was posted on Twitter...
And it's safe to say that people were freaked out!
@RexChapman @Gerald3pointO HUGE. BALLS. ON. THAT. GIRL.— Frances Kimball (@Frances Kimball)1595126285.0
Many hikers came forward and could relate to the experience...
And it is undeniable how terrifying a bear experience must be.
@girlGeek @RexChapman Yikes. I love to hike, and have only encountered a bear once- a mom w/ 2 cubs who ignored me,… https://t.co/c7Mi2nXM2O— Lora still has hope for the future (@Lora still has hope for the future)1595203432.0
The 3 women were praised on standing still throughout the ordeal...
As we all know that the moment you run from a bear, you have no chance.
@RexChapman If you run they will attack you. This has to be the hardest thing to do! When intuitively you want to run away!— 🇺🇸 Big Nose Kate 🚫LISTS!! (@🇺🇸 Big Nose Kate 🚫LISTS!!)1595186156.0
And even more unbelievably...A second video surfaced from another angle and it shows one of the hikers discreetly taking a selfie with the bear as it was stood behind her checking her out.
Now, that's a selfie we'd love to see!
The hikers remain anonymous but hopefully, one of them will surface on social media soon to tell their side of the story.
@Pepe_Escobar_ @RexChapman She freaking looked to see how the selfie came out. She was so cool she was checking to… https://t.co/yNS4vvXLzY— Is He Gone Yet? 🐊🐊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@Is He Gone Yet? 🐊🐊🌊🌊🌊🌊)1595127967.0
Watch the terrifying video for yourself here.
For more bear content, keep on reading to learn about the conservation officer who was fired for refusing to shoot bear cubs...
Oh. my. goodness. She’s a rock. I want this girl in my foxhole... https://t.co/4oT67HFKPg— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1595125393.0