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Remarkable Moment Captured: Brown Bear Walks Past Tourists

A remarkable video showcasing wildlife’s strength and power was captured by a tourist visiting Alaska some days ago. The bunch got to experience what most would consider a nightmare after coming in close contact with a brown bear that happened to be roaming in the area. 

The viral video shocked millions globally, with some people having encountered bears stating that even they had never been within such a close distance. Staying still and calm during the incident probably helped these tourists according to the wildlife expert organization National Park Service guidelines. Since being posted on TikTok by user @mrsb111, the video has continued racking up serious figures, having been viewed more than 10 million times and counting.

While everyone else seems to whisper in low tones in the video, a person only described as a seaplane captain by @mrsb111 keeps the bear calm. He constantly repeats “Hey big boy,” “Hey, bear” to alert the bear of their presence. He is keen to maintain a monotone when talking to the bear as it walks close by them to avoid spooking it into its defense mode. The account user is keen to continue recording the bear while it walks just feet away from them. It reaches a certain post, turns around, and heads back in the original direction without paying much attention to the group. 

The stunning footage from the user has its fair share of comments, with some TikTok users sharing their take on handling the situation. Some viewers were intrigued by the bear going back in the direction it had emerged from, and one jokingly commented, “Also, what did that sign say? No bears beyond this point?”

Others took the opportunity to sensitize people to learn survival in nature”…Take a bear safety course….” Apart from that video, the user also took other videos. The videos were amazing and helped people understand bear behavior slightly better. 

Seeing a grizzly bear is a lifetime goal for most wildlife viewing lovers. As the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Yellowstone National Park is populated by grizzly bears and a range of wildlife, including black bears, wolves, bison, to name a few. It also houses more than 290 waterfalls throughout its environs. 

Since being established in 1872 as the world’s first-ever national park, Yellowstone remains a geological and wildlife wonder visited by millions of tourists annually. Geographic enthusiasts also visit Yellowstone to see the wonderful geysers it has to offer. It is home to the upper geyser basin, midway geyser basin, Norris Geyser Basin, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. However, the upper geyser basin might arguably be the most popular, housing the famous Old Faithful. 

Apart from geyser basins, the national park also consists of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone; a rugged canyon carved out by powerful waters of the Yellowstone River over time. Also in Yellowstone is Lamar Valley, largely called the American Serengeti. Pronghorn antelopes, coyotes, and elk are spotted regularly in the Lamar Valley.

If you are planning to go on a Yellowstone vacation make sure to stop by Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg on your way to the park. Here, you can see bears up close and learn more about them and how to stay safe when confronted by a grizzly bear in the wild.

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