Two Bears Caught on Doorbell Cam Attempting Christmas Day Break-in: VIDEO

by Suzanne Halliburton

Why, who could be at the door on Christmas Day? Hello, Santa! Check that. Bears. And they were not bearing gifts.

A family in Sanford, Fla., heard their doorbell ring this past Saturday. To their surprise, there were two black bears on the front porch. The smallest of the two raised up on his hind legs and rang the doorbell. Yes, you can say these two had manners. That’s what separates us from basic animals.

So the family did what anyone with a Ring doorbell does. Someone checked to see who was there.

“We just heard the Ring front door go off and went to check and saw the bears,” Marlene Stark told Fox News. “Our neighborhood is down the road from Black Bear Wilderness Preserve, so bears are common, and we have seen them in the neighborhood.

“The startling part was this was the first time I ever saw one try to open the front door,” Stark said.  “The front door was locked though, thank goodness.”

Can you imagine what would’ve happened if one of the animals managed to open the door. We can. The bears would’ve grabbed the turkey and dashed. They might’ve climbed a Christmas tree and the family dog could’ve given chase. This is giving us Christmas Vacation vibes. Did someone say Chevy Chase? When the cops tell you to keep your doors locked at night, maybe the police knew about wild animal break ins.

Neighborhood Is Near 1600-Acre Animal Sanctuary

As Stark mentioned, there is an area near her that’s chock full of animals. It’s official name is Black Bear Wilderness Area. You can find this 1600-acre park in northwest Seminole County. The official site says the park “features a variety of wetland habitats within the floodplain of the St Johns River. Wet Prairie, Hydric Hammock and Cypress Swamps.” It also says the wilderness area offers a “mosaic of habitat diversity which host wildlife such as the White-tailed deer, Swallow-tailed Kite and the Florida Black Bear. Its’ large size and proximity to other public lands, make this site an important piece in a puzzle connecting natural areas between the Wekiva / St. John’s basins and the Ocala National Forest.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has its own section about the Florida Black Bear. Check it out here. There are only black bears in Florida. Biologists estimate there are more than 4,000 of them roaming the Sunshine State. Breeding season is in summer. And the mamma bears give birth to their cubs in late January or early February.

Chances are, the Christmas visitors to the Stark home would’ve preferred the dinner salad and not the turkey and dressing. The diet for these animals is 80 percent plant based, with 15 percent coming from insects.