In a California lake, a family of black bears demonstrated that people aren’t the only animals who like cooling down in the water by playing with the swimmers. It is understandable why this specific family elected to take a bath when the South Lake Tahoe reached a sweltering 30 ° C (86 ° F) one day. Bears had to spend the entire day wearing a fur coat. The enormous mother bear and her three cubs were captured on camera by Jen Watkins, who was traveling to Pope Beach at the time of the strange event. Jen told KCRA News that her child first saw the mother bear when it got into a fight with another person on a dog at the beach.
She said: ‘I guess (the bear) had been out previously … It had actually gotten a little bit unfriendly, safety of the cubs with a golden retriever.’
The mother then planned a picnic for her family by snatching sandwich meat and a cooler from some humans and relocating right into the woods. Thankfully, neither the dog nor the cubs were hurt during the standoff. The family headed back to the water after lunch, when the cubs were sighted swimming in the lake while startled onlookers watched from the sidelines.
Jen explained: ‘We were all a little shocked.’
According to Newsweek, there are an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 black bears in California; residents of North and South Lake Tahoe have recently reported an increase in sightings. The family of black bears found at Pope Beach is only one of these bears. Even though the mother bear was at Pope Beach and did not attack anyone, Lieutenant Nelson Resendes of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office has warned that the animals might be “very dangerous.”
“We are in their area when we’re up in the Foothills and in the Sierra (Nevada),” he said.