Curious Black Bear Gently Nudges Napping Man Near Pool

There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a nap in the warm sun, but what would you do if you woke up and found a black bear staring back at you?

That is exactly what happened to a Massachusetts man. Thankfully, no one was harmed, and the entire incident was captured on video for all to see.

Matt Bete was napping in a chair by the pool without a care in the world. Apparently, a fence surrounds the backyard but the gate was left open.

Screenshot: Facebook/Dawn Bete

The security camera footage shows a black bear wandering into the backyard and heading over to the swimming pool for a drink.

Bears are curious by nature, and this bear was no exception.

Screenshot: Facebook/Dawn Bete

It then sees Matt sleeping in a chair and walks over to investigate.

The bear gently nudges Matt’s foot with it paw, which wakes him up.

Screenshot: Facebook/Dawn Bete

Both Matt and the bear are startled, and the bear rushes off while Matt grabs his phone.

But he didn’t run far.

Screenshot: Facebook/Dawn Bete

The inquisitive bear reappears for a close-up photo before heading off.

The photo was not shared, but the video has been shared by his wife, Dawn Bete, and has been viewed worldwide.

People cannot believe how calm the man was in the video and most said they would have “freaked out”. But Matt’s reaction was the correct way to handle a bear encounter.

Officials advise people to remain calm and walk away slowly.

This is one of those stories you have to see to believe.

Watch the innocent way the bear wakes up Matt in the video below. Don’t forget to share!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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