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Bear High-Fives Driver In Unbelievable Video

by : Hannah Smith on :
Bear High-Fives Driver In Unbelievable Video
Bear High-Fives Driver In Unbelievable Video (@rebecaelenagb/TikTok)

You know the deal, you're stuck in traffic after a family of bears wanders in the road, and then all of a sudden one of the bears gets up to offer you a high five.

It sounds like something out of a children's cartoon, but that's exactly what happened to one passer by, after his attempt to say hello to one of the animals went a whole lot better than he had probably expected.

In a clip recorded by another passing driver and posted to social media, a group of bears - or a sleuth of bears, as they're officially known - can be seen parking themselves in the middle of a road passing through some forest land, causing a bit of a traffic jam as vehicles steer well clear.

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What happens next is equal parts surprising and adorable: as a man sat in the passenger seat of a car holds his hand up to greet the animals, one of the smaller animals stands up on its hind legs and starts to edge its way towards the car.

Both the bear and the man seem a bit wary of each other at first: the bear doesn't know what the man wants, and the man doesn't want the bear to rip his arm off, but eventually the bear offers up his paw to return the high five from the man.

Shortly after, the man drives off and the bear returns to its family. The cute interaction has since gone viral, receiving more than 10 million views on TikTok as people try to fathom how the bear managed to figure out the human gesture, and how the man got away with it.

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Bear high fiving human (TikTok/@rebecaelenagb)
Bear high fiving human (TikTok/@rebecaelenagb)
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'How did he not get his face ripped off,' one person commented on Instagram, with another writing 'mama bear was like.. what did I tell you about talking to strangers!'

'And who says animals can’t pass a vibe check?' another person joked.

Despite bears having been used in the past as circus animals, where they were taught to dance and perform certain tricks, bears can usually only be tamed if they're born and bred in captivity - a practice that is generally regarded now as a form of animal cruelty.

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Hannah Smith

Hannah is a London-based journalist covering news and features for UNILAD. She's especially interested in social and political activism and culture.

Topics: News, Animals, TikTok