“Boo Boo” the black bear has some serious athletic ability. A North Carolina family captured incredible footage of a young black bear leaping from the back deck of their house into a tree.
At the beginning of the clip, the bear climbs up a post to the top of the deck, which appears rather high off the ground. After perching on the deck rail for several seconds, the bear then takes flight. In a giant leap, the bear launches itself to a tree standing what looks like several yards away from the house.
Melissa Howell of Maggie Valley recorded the video on Aug. 10. She says the bear never happened to notice her with the camera until after hopping on the tree. After noticing Howell, the bear then scurried down the tree and rushed away.
“When he did see me he casually turned and jumped as if he meant to do that all along,” Howell tells Storyful.
Howell’s husband shared the clip on Instagram with the caption, “I think Boo Boo just comes for the view. And a little exercise.”
More Bear Attacks This Year
This recent incident marks the latest of many wild encounters with bears in the United States this year. Earlier this month, a hiker at Glacier National Park captured terrifying footage of a bear charging at them at full speed. Learn more here.
Also this year, a Montana man barely escaped with his life after coming across a grizzly. After hearing rumors of a bear in the vicinity of his home, the man went searching for it. Unfortunately, he found it. The grizzly attacked him as his wife and daughter watched from a distance. The victim filmed the aftermath of the attack that left him with bones and tendons exposed. Check out how he escaped the bear here.
[H/ T TMZ]