A tourist’s unique experience with a Gatlinburg, Tennessee black bear has gone viral after being trapped in his car.
The video, which showed the car owner scare the bear away with his friends, was originally uploaded to @wetgma, which has now been appropriately edited to @bear_inna_car.
Joseph Deel found the bear in his car around 7 a.m., after a night of partying. Hungover Deel said he could hear a car honking repeatedly just hours after lying down.
After 7 or 8 horns, he became concerned about the cause and went out to check, finding that his car was “moving like crazy” and on closer inspection, found the bear inside.
As shown in the video, which has amassed over two million likes, Deel and his friends opened the car door and immediately scared the bear into making themselves as big as they could. The group of friends were all standing on one side of the car, as instructed by Deel, and made a lot of noise to chase her away.
The move was a success, but the damage to the car was already done.
“An unbearable amount of damage,” he wrote, while showing the torn car in a follow-up video. Pictures showed parts of the roof hanging down and the interior of the door was separated.
“Keep recording this, I have to send it to my insurance,” Deel joked in a video of the trapped bear.
Subsequent footage also showed the bears returned and attempted to exit the car again.
Gatlinburg is a tourist destination, which focuses most of its interest on the bears that inhabit it – bear shops, hotels and more.
The National Park Service recommends that, if necessary, people should “act in groups if you have companions.” Make yourself look as tall as possible âand:â If the bear approaches, talk loudly or shout at it â.
Another recent viral video was criticized because Reddit users made no attempt to scare the bears away, after one was caught sitting on a park bench and eating its food. Many felt that tourists should have done more to scare the bear away and prevent it from associating humans with a “free meal.”
Gatlinburg’s black bears are said to be already much more accustomed to, and less scared of, humans than other places due to the sheer amount of tourist interaction. Local attractions advise visitors not to feed bears or allow them to smell the food, in order to prevent them from becoming brave towards humans.
Deel’s bad luck didn’t end with the bear either, as his car was also later looted by people, having left it on the side of a freeway due to damage.
âThe looters broke in and stole what I had left there; they stole the parts from my car, âhe said. “Just because something like this happened to you and I was going through your personal information, I mean I was already in a vulnerable situation. I got hit by the bear, and they gave me some more. kicking.”
His annoyance may be present with human looters, but bears are actually in his good books, to some extent.
âI never really had anger with the bear,â he said.