When a man named Matt Bete took a nap beside his pool in Boston, Massachusetts, the last thing he expected was to be rudely awoken by none other than a bear.
The footage was caught on what appears to be a security camera, and it was shared on YouTube by Ring. The video was an instant hit, receiving over 500,000 views and comments from people all over the world. People simply can’t get over the close encounter that Matt had with the bear.
Matt had settled into a comfortable deckchair and fallen asleep with his pool gate open when a curious bear crept into the man’s property.
At first, the black bear doesn’t spot Matt, and he heads over to the pool where he takes a quick drink. But as he turns and looks as if he’s considering leaving, he spots the sleeping man over on the deckchair.
This bear is clearly eager to explore, and he bravely gets closer to Matt. Luckily, he’s only a baby and is definitely much more curious than he is aggressive. First, he sniffs his shoe, before reaching out a hesitant paw and tentatively nudging Matt’s foot.
This little nudge is enough to wake Matt up – and his reaction is priceless.
It’s clearly a huge surprise to wake up and be face-to-face with a bear, and Matt’s initial jump is enough to scare the bear out of the enclosure. But not before Matt has had a chance to pick up his phone and snap a few quick photos.
The video was first posted on Facebook by a user named Dawn Bete, who captioned the moment, “Matt was a little startled yesterday while taking a rest by the pool.”
According to a report published in The Daily Mail, the man sleeping on the poolside was Dawn’s husband Matthew Bete.
In a comment on her video, Dawn wrote that her husband had ‘texted me a picture of the bear running through the front yard and said the bear nudged his foot while he was sleeping by pool. Of course I thought he was kidding! He told me to look at the Ring video. Sure enough…….’
Many people laughed about how Matt’s first response had been to pick up his mobile phone instead of getting himself to safety, but Dawn argued that it had all happened so quickly that Matt hadn’t had time to properly think.
“Matt was just so startled, picked up his phone with no luck of a good picture,” Dawn told the Daily Mail. “He wasn’t sure how he should react but knew he couldn’t get up that fast but at least he had another chair and table between them if needed. Luckily it went running out soon after the encounter.”
The video was watched by thousands around the world, and many took to the comments to share their thoughts:
“My soul would’ve left my mf body if a bear woke me up. Thankfully it was a young bear.”
“That bear was so curious and cute lol. The way it moved his shoe was so gentle.”
“The bear was more scared of him waking up then he was scared of waking up to a bear.”
Watch the hilarious video for yourself below, and let us know in the comments how you’d react if you woke up face-to-face with a bear.
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