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Video of the week: Wild bear that walks like a human

  • Jun 24, 2016
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Sasquatch, is that you?

A bipedal black bear (affectionately dubbed “Pedals”) was recently spotted near a New Jersey golf course, reigniting a fire of Internet love that first started in 2014 when the bear was filmed ambling through a New Jersey suburb on its hind legs like a human.

Seen again last fall, people feared that Pedals, whose front paws appear to be injured and/or partly missing, wouldn’t make it through the winter but this most recent video shows the bear toddling along at a healthy clip.

“The bear has an indomitable spirit,” Lawrence Hajna, spokesman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, told the National Post. He adds that the agency would step in if Pedals’ condition appears to deteriorate, but that the widely-beloved bear will likely do better in its natural habitat.


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