Summer will be here soon enough, but one eager black bear is already getting a jump on pool party season.
Loyal Dog Reminds Bear Taking A Dip In The Family Pool Who's Boss
The news comes to us from Bradbury, California, a gated community nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Located roughly 22 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the area is home to numerous bears, some of whom are known to amble into the neighborhood for a free meal on trash day. (The most frequent guests, like this one, have been tagged with number ids by local wildlife officials.)
Video shot from a helicopter by KTLA 5 captures the ursine interloper happily frolicking in a backyard pool, which if we're being honest, sounds like a totally fun and relatable thing to do on a hot, sunny day.
The episode turned a measure more serious, however, when the bear pushed open a door and reportedly stole some avocados after ransacking a kitchen (cue the not your average bear jokes in 3, 2, 1 ... ).
The home invader was later confronted by a small dog, Ba Bao, who, after retreating to a patio, dogged-up and chased away the much larger animal.
As seen in the clip below, the bear eventually takes the L, beating a hasty retreat and disappearing into a cluster of trees.
In an interview with KTLA 5, Ba Bao's owner revealed that the dog — whose name is Taiwanese for "meat bun" (WRITER'S NOTE: HOW CUTE IS THAT?) — was adopted just last month from a local shelter, the Palmdale Animal Control Center.
"He's my hero today ... It's very frightening of course. We didn't expect this confrontation ... I have small children. They play in the backyard every day in the afternoon."
Sounds like Ba Bao's is already a very good boy — here's hoping he gets extra treats for his good work.
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