California Bear Decides to Cool Off

Burbank cops get called to respond to a bear chilling in a swimming pool
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2023 2:48 PM CDT
California Bear Decides to Cool Off
Well, this happened.   (Burbank Police Department)

Apparently, recalcitrant teenagers sneaking out after dark aren't the only pool-hoppers. In something of an answer to "how hot is it?," it was unbearable enough for a California black bear to break into a Burbank home and have himself a dip in the pool, reports CNN. With the mercury hitting 92 on Friday, and the area under a heat advisory through Sunday, the furry guy apparently ran out of patience and decided to take matters into his own paws. That resulted in a call to the Burbank Police Department, which, while encouraging people to observe normal precautions with wild animals, nonetheless tweeted a lighthearted video of the encounter.

"This #bear is beating the heat in Burbank!" said the tweet, per the New York Post. "Officers are on-scene after the bear was spotted in a hillside neighborhood before taking a dip to cool off." "I don't blame him," says one of the responders in the background. The bear shortly thereafter "made his way over the wall," per CNN, and into a neighboring tree. (More strange stuff stories.)

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