We have all seen videos of humans having unfathomable interactions with wild animals on the Internet and asked ourselves if they were truly real of if we were simply imagining them. The video clip that you are about to see certainly falls into that category.
The people that we see online, interacting with wild animals that we would be terrified of, make for interesting viewing experiences. In many instances, we learn more about wild animals that we would normally never give a second glance.
But this video was taken at a rescue facility for bears. These bears have spent a great deal of time living on the site and as a result, they have become accustomed to looking at human faces each day. They do not view humans as a threat and the bears will often bond with those who cared for them when they were in need of help.
Animals develop positive feelings about humans when they are exposed to kind and gentle people, like the man in this video. It is easy to forget that bears are conditioned to fear people, in much the same way that we are conditioned to fear them.
Exposure to kindhearted humans helps bears to develop trust in their human counterparts. Most of these videos were created with trained professionals, people who have years of experience in handling bears and their somewhat delicate psyches.
It is important for viewers to note that this bear and this man are already quite familiar with one another. Walking up on a bear in the wild and expecting the same treatment as this man receives is a fool’s errand. In other words, do not try this at home!
While this does look like a great deal of fun, we are willing to venture a guess that most bears will not receive you with open arms. This man has put in the necessary time and effort and as a result, he has gained the bear’s trust. Watching the bond that these two have built is simply incredible.
Just take a closer look at this astonishing video, so that you can see for yourself!
This bear rescue facility has done some amazing work and they should be commended for the time that they have put into this cause. These bears are not only well taken care of, but they also have a variety of lessons that they can teach us. Be sure to share this clip with all of your overly skeptical friends and family members.