Humans have a weird relationship with bears. We know these giant majestic creatures have quite a bit of strength and can cause some serious damage if they feel threatened, and yet we continually portray them as cuddly and adorable creatures with things like teddy bears and cartoons like “The Care Bears.” Make no mistake about it: If Care Bears were real, they’d have huge claws and could probably eat your face.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be struck in the face by an actual grizzly bear, GoPro posted a video on its YouTube page Thursday that you should see. It features footage of a grizzly bear in Alaska walking up to the camera and taking a giant swipe at it with one of its massive paws.
The video shows the curious grizzly walking up to the camera very cautiously because it’s obviously never been in a Best Buy. The bear tries to keep its distance but can’t help checking to see if this strange thing is a threat. So just to make sure, it takes a quick and decisive swipe at the camera.
An adult grizzly bear has claws that can grow up to 4 inches long. So you should feel very thankful that you’re not a GoPro camera and that you don’t live in a place where bears are part of your daily routine (unless there’s an office-dwelling bear somewhere that science has yet to discover).
Naturalist Brad Josephs, a bear expert and Natural Habitat Expedition Leader who takes photographers and film crews on expeditions to observe bears all over the world, captured this striking footage. Josephs also achieved viral fame back in 2013 on his own YouTube page when a grizzly bear tried to eat his camera while he was filming footage for a BBC nature documentary.
Thanks to both videos, I’ll probably never be able to look at Yogi Bear with the same joy as I once did when I was a child. Though to be fair, the big-screen remake of Yogi Bear released in 2010 ruined that for me long before these videos did.