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Bear cub spots skiers enjoying the slopes and decides to join the fun
It looks like this bear cub thought the ski instructor wanted to play chase.
Cherie Gozon
09.27.21

Our panic button is easily triggered when we see a brown bear.

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After all, those sharp teeth and claws would be the last thing we’d want to see. They are also tall, heavy, and strong.

If an attack happens, it will most likely not go our way.

However, studies tell us we should keep cool when we see one.

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According to research, it is more important to observe the non-verbal cues of brown bears.

A standing stance, for instance, is a sign that they are curious about your existence in their habitat and not a sign of threat.

That is why this video of a ski instructor went viral, people were amazed at how he kept cool.

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He was leading tourists down a slope in Predeal, Romania, when they came across a brown bear down their trail.

The bear was obviously curious about the crowd around him. The ski instructor told the tourists to stand back as he tried to deal with the bear.

This is not a unique occurrence since brown bears are common in Romania.

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In fact, 60% of brown bears in Europe reside in Romania, which means there are 6,000 of them roaming in the woods in the country.

Hence, you might encounter brown bears when you visit the country, especially when you go into the woods like this ski tour.

Being a ski instructor for years taught him how to deal with brown bears.

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One person in the comments translated what the instructor was saying over the video.

He said that the instructor was trying to talk to the bear, telling it to go back into the woods. He even called it cute.

And he really is when he looked at them like this.

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But no matter how cute the bear seems, the ski instructor somehow felt that the tourists were frightened.

Hence, the decision to provoke the chase instinct of the bear instead of getting near the people. Smart, smart move from this man.

This exhilarating video of the chase will amaze you in so many ways.

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The ski instructor somehow managed to catch the bear’s attention and chase him down the slope.

It’s incredible how he was able to document the chase despite his predicament. He kept going down the slope, speeding up so the bear wouldn’t catch up because it was also running fast.

The ski instructor was also warning the other people as he went down the slope.

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You can hear him shout to the other skiers, warning them that a bear is chasing him, and he is trying to wear it down until it goes back to the woods.

In the end, the bear somehow grew tired.

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You can see it slow down. You also notice how the bear’s attention was diverted to the woods as he smelled the path.

He probably sensed food because, after all, who wouldn’t go hungry with that chase?

Thanks to this ski instructor’s calm approach, he was able to keep everyone safe.

See the exhilarating moment a bear cub decided to play chase with a ski instructor below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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