Like any large, dangerous meat eater, bears are only really dangerous when they feel that they themselves are in danger. If they feel at ease, they are much less of a threat to you.
That’s not to say that you should go out and try to make friends with bears. If they have a mind for it, they could do you some serious harm in only a matter of seconds. Apparently, however, that was the last thing on this bear’s mind.
Like a real life Winnie the Pooh, this big fella decided to sit by a stream and have himself a think. As it happened, the spot they chose for sitting was right next to some campers. With nothing to do but keep a watchful eye on the bear and wait for them to pass, one camper took out their camera and filmed the encounter. While it must have been very frightening at the time, it’s super adorable now that we know that the bear didn’t mean anyone any harm.
Check out the once in a lifetime encounter below!