16 Massive Bears Who Are Trying As Hard As They Can To Fit In

As one of the world’s most recognizable apex predators, bears are pretty scary. They’re strong, they run fast, they have sharp claws and teeth, and they can scurry up trees and other structures easily, making escaping them nearly impossible. Still, bears are known to behave in different ways, too… and they can leave you scratching your head instead of running away in fear.

In a matter of moments, they go from the fiercest foes in the wilderness to some of the biggest, most lovable goofballs on the planet, and that can make you rethink everything you’ve ever thought about bears.

1. If a bull in a china shop is the euphemism for a “destructive force,” then would a bear in a china shop be a euphemism for a “delighted shopper?” Because let’s face it, this bear looked positively thrilled at the sight of a tiny teacup!

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2. Getting stuck in traffic can be a lousy way to start and end the work day, and this bear couldn’t agree more. Luckily, he kept his temper in check and gesticulated his displeasure like the rest of his fellow commuters.

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3. Imagine stepping off the curb to hail a cab only to see this guy occupying the back seat? This bear inspires thousands of questions. Why is he in a cab? Where is he going? How scared is the driver right now? Are bears good tippers?

4. When this bear discovered an above-ground pool, he could hardly contain his excitement. He just had to take a dip in the refreshing water! “Hey, buddy, mind passing me that can of Coors Light from the cooler over there?”

5. Any business owner would be lucky to have these goofy bears outside of their establishment—they’d make for brilliant greeters! Waving their paws like that, it’s impossible to see them as anything but lovable!

6. This photographer was enjoying the beautiful day near a rushing river when he looked to his left… and saw an enormous bear. It should have—and could have—been a terrifying experience…

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That’s when the bear did the unexpected: he found a spot beside the photographer, and just sat there! He watched a bird fly by as though it were the most fascinating thing he’d ever seen. Still, the bear’s shenanigans had only just begun…

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The longer the photographer watched, the more nonchalant the bear acted. After about 30 seconds of peacefully watching the river, the bear licked his lips. Was he thinking about dinner? Would the photographer be his next meal?

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But the photographer had nothing to worry about; this bear just wanted a friend to watch the water with. He even sat down on a little patch of soil to give his weary paws a rest. Way to make yourself at home, big guy!

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7. Similar to a tyke taking a ride on the back of his dad’s motorcycle, this bear couldn’t handle the pure, unadulterated joy of riding a bike with his buddy. Is that a smile that says “fierce predator” to you?

8. What exactly is going on here? Bear fanatics are still trying to figure it out. Maybe they’d been recently inspired by a late-night viewing of Cool Runnings and were working on their own bobsled formation?

When the bears finished their little routine, it didn’t become any clearer what, exactly, they’d been trying to do. Still, nothing spells “good times” like a six-bear conga line. And really, it wouldn’t be a first for these party animals.

9. These bears aren’t above performing tricks if it means scoring a few hand-tossed treats. They took turns raising their paws to get snacks from the people on dry land. Hey, there are definitely worse ways for hungry bears to act!

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10. Sometimes, life can get a little boring for animals at the zoo. This polar bear took recreation into his own hands when he worked out a balancing routine. Rest assured, the zoo’s guests loved it.

11. Swings can be complicated for little humans, so it’s no surprise that a baby bear would struggle with one, too. This cub was determined to have some fun no matter how long it took her to figure it out!

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12. A few minutes after polishing off any Thanksgiving meal, you’re bound to find yourself loosening your belt and rubbing your belly. Whatever this bear ate, it must have been delicious—she’s still licking his lips!

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13. Life is rough, even for bears. When the going gets tough, sometimes nature’s fiercest predators need to slip into the local bar and toss back a few pints with the regulars. Certainly, he laid his emotions bare to his drinking buddies.

14. Young bears might be dangerous, but they’re like little kids sometimes. Watching this cub play with a block of ice is a good reminder of that. Just look at his innocence and happiness with such a simple game!

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15. Hammocks make for some of the most comfortable snoozing spots. They’re also really difficult to lie down on unless you’ve mastered your balancing act. This bear tried to get ready for a nap, but it looks like he encountered some snags.

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16. Some people are natural hula hoopers. Others are bonafide hooping failures. If you fall into the former category, sorry to say, but this bear’s got you beat. And while bears aren’t too bad at pretending to be humans, they aren’t the only ones who get a little unspeciesfied.

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Just days after Hurricane Harvey tore through the southern United States in August 2017—flooding city streets and country pastures alike—Tammy Canton, 43, and her husband were facing a dire situation.

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With two additional families and eight dogs taking shelter inside their home in Fulshear, Texas, space was tight. Then, Tammy’s husband spotted something that somehow made things even harder…

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Apparently, one of the family’s pet cows had unexpectedly given birth just after the storm passed. “My husband noticed she [the calf] was standing in water not nursing from her mom,” Tammy explained. And that wasn’t the worst of it…

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“The water was extremely cold,” Tammy added, “and the pasture was holding quite a bit of water.” Worse still, the calf was “weak and shivering from the cold rain.” What could Tammy and her husband do?

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Tammy knew the harsh reality of the situation: she and her husband had to do something—and fast—or the calf wouldn’t survive. So, with a house already stuffed to the brim with people and dogs, the family played hero.

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Tammy and her husband braved the flooded pasture and retrieved the newborn calf. She was so weak she could hardly stand, and she was shivering violently. “She seemed too far gone for me to help her,” Tammy said.

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Because the calf, which the family eventually named Harveigh, had not developed an immune system, a veterinarian recommended the family keep her inside while she regained her strength. Just like that, Tammy set her up in the laundry room.

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For weeks, Harveigh rested on a dog bed and guzzled hand-fed formula. Each day, she became a little more strong, and the Canton family hoped she’d be able to return to the pasture. Thankfully, she made some unexpected (and delightful) friends while she recovered…

On one occasion, the family’s pit bull, Sealy, started licking Harveigh, and she perked up instantly, Tammy recalled. “All of the dogs seemed to love her right away.” What she didn’t know was that it was only the beginning of something special…

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And so began several beautiful friendships that wouldn’t be out of place in a children’s story. Healed from her ordeal, Harveigh quickly began to adopt the behavior of her canine pals, playing with them day and night!

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The affection was mutual, too. On her Facebook page, Tammy wrote, “Sealy loves to spend her time playing, cleaning, and protecting baby Harveigh. These two have such a special bond.”

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Of course, the Canton family’s home wasn’t exactly built to accommodate a cow, and as Harveigh grew to over 400 pounds, she became a bit of a handful! No longer able to fit in the laundry room, the calf needed a new spot to stay.

But the calf had grown accustomed to her indoor life and refused to graze in the pasture with the family’s six other cows. Whenever Tammy and her husband brought Harveigh to the barn to stay with her fellow bovines, she’d show up at their back door in no time, mooing to come in!

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So they constructed what they called a “cow condo” out of a shed in their backyard. It was Harveigh’s personal house—complete with an expensive space heater—and designed as an intermediary between home and barn life.

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Still, in just her first night in the “condo,” Harveigh abandoned her new home and opted to sleep outside near the main house’s back door. Afterward, she spent as little time as possible in her personal home, instead choosing to play with the family and dogs instead.

Unfortunately, as Harveigh grew bigger, she became a danger to her friends. Her once unsupervised playdates soon required a chaperone. Her sheer weight and size could easily hurt the dogs if their roughhousing became too aggressive…

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To protect the dogs—and for the sake of practicality—Tammy made concerted efforts to convince Harveigh to act more, well… cow-like. She’d bring her out to the barn for short quick visits, but the results were mixed.

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“We are slowly introducing her,” Tammy said. “It’s so hard not to go and just get her out. If she wants to learn how to ‘cow,’ she will need to spend time with them.” And so, slowly but surely, Harveigh learned to be a cow. Still, her days indoors weren’t over…

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That was because Harveigh learned to open the back door on her own! Now, she could visit the family whenever she grew tired of doing cow stuff. Still, there were rules. “I don’t let her free roam in the house,” Tammy said. “Just quick visits to come in and say hi to our dogs.”

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And though Harveigh was pushed to shed her canine habits for more bovine ones, Tammy couldn’t help but bring her inside for some pampering every now and then. She even fed her the occasional dog treat!

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“It fills my heart with joy being able to spend so much sweet time with her,” Tammy explained. “She will literally lay her head on my lap and be at peace.” Isn’t that just the cutest thing?

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