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Bear Walks Upright in New Jersey

Experts are pretty sure it's not a man in a bear suit.
image: Ian Bohman / YouTube

Commence freak-out: A black bear has seen walking upright through a neighborhood in New Jersey. This is not a drill. Repeat, this is not a drill. Watch the footage uploaded by YouTube user Ian Bohman:

OK, now take a deep breath, everyone. Bob Considine, spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, told NBC that while this occurrence is rare, it is not impossible. They believe it is a real bear, given that it starts the video on four legs and ends on four legs when retreating back into the woods.

David Garshelis, a bear expert with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, told the newscast that when bears walk like this, it usually means they have injured their front paws. Garshelis speculated that this particular bear may have partially amputated one of its paws, making it painful to walk on all fours.

Read more: NBC

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