Surveillance cameras in a Florida home caught the moment a three-legged bear broke in and drank some hard seltzer. Yes, a bear drinking White Claw. Josaury Faneite-Diglio told WESH that her home in Lake Mary, Florida, 20 miles outside of Orlando, sent her a security camera alert at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The bear has a name
The bear, whom everyone in the neighborhood calls “Tripod,” is caught on camera breaking through the patio screen and opening the mini-fridge. Joseph Diglio, the homeowner’s 13-year-old son, knew the bear was there because the family dog, Bruno, barked at the strange guest.
“Oh, God! Joseph said in the video he took with his phone, “I’ve never been this close to a bear before.” Even though it was a rare and exciting meeting, he was worried about what else the bear could do.
“Once I saw him open the fridge, I got scared that he could open the doors to the houses,” the teen told reporters. “He drank three White Claws, was very happy, and left. Mango and cherry are his best tastes.”
The family said this is the second time Tripod has broken onto their patio, but they aren’t too afraid of the bear. Faneite-Diglio said that they would keep taking care of Tripod’s home. Yea, a bear drinking White Claw is NOT what you expected to see, right?
Here are some tips if you encounter a bear via The National Park Service:
Once a bear has noticed you and is paying attention to you, additional strategies can help prevent the situation from escalating. Here are some general tips. However, please check recommendations for each park you visit: recommendations do vary from park to park based on local bear behavior.
- Identify yourself by talking calmly so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Remain still; stand your ground, but slowly wave your arms. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
- Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by wooﬁng, yawning, salivating, growling, snapping their jaws, and laying their ears back. Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won’t be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.
- Pick up small children immediately. Do not make any loud noises or screams—the bear may think it’s the sound of a prey animal. Slowly wave your arms above your head and tell the bear to back off. Do NOT run or make any sudden movements. Do not make any loud noises or screams—the bear may think it’s the sound of a prey animal.
- Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).