A cheeky bear gave quite a fright when it let itself into an apartment on the hunt for pet food

It’s always a mad panic when a wild animal gets into your home. A squirrel in the garage or a sparrow down the chimney tends to cause untold stress to everyone involved – not least the bewildered creature.

So we can only imagine how one North Carolina woman felt when she entered her daughter’s apartment and found a bear! The ursine intruder had entered by opening an unlocked door, roaming through the home.

The occupant’s mother called emergency services after spotting the bear eating some pet food, according to Asheville fire department spokeswoman Kelley Klope.

Klope said crews arrived and hit on the ceiling to scare the bear, which then left unharmed. 

Apparently the bear had smelled dog food right inside the door and was able to get in by pulling down on the unlocked door handle, said North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway.

He added that similar break-ins are rare, with this being the first one this year in the Asheville area.


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