This footage captures the ultimate close encounter of the grizzly kind.
A pair of cyclists were faced with a wild bear as they tackled a hair pin turn on a trail in Slovakia – and their BikeCam caught the meeting of man and nature.
The mountainous woodland of Malinô Brdo in Slovakia offers great cycling terrain, as long as you can avoid getting eaten by a big brown bear, as Dušan Vinžík discovered recently.
Vinžík and his cycling buddy, who remains unidentified, were speeding down through the woodland trail – carving up the natural habitat of wild animals – and are taken aback when a bear runs out of the trees.
The bear, happily gambolling about, crashes out onto the path with all the carefree grace and style of Phoebe Buffay running through Central Park.
You can watch their encounter in the clip below, via YouTube:
Needless to say, the cyclists shit themselves at the sight of the playful – but undoubtedly deadly – animal. They quickly stopped to avoid meeting the bear again beyond the bend, barely (ahem) escaping.
The video is now trending on YouTube so everyone can share in their close shave from behind the comfort of their desktops.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.