Bears can be ɪɴᴛɪᴍɪᴅᴀᴛɪɴɢ because of their strength and their size, but they can also be adorable animals. In this video, we see a man who has had a black bear come and visit him for years bring her brand new cubs to meet him. It is such a sweet moment.
In Asheville, North Carolina, the population of bears is booming, and in turn, they have come to live with the people, it seems. For Patrick Conley, starting in the late summer of 2017, a bear family started visiting him regularly, almost becoming like family themselves.
In this video, we see the bear Patrick named Simone come out of the woods to say hello. This is a usual occurrence for Patrick but what she was bringing with her was a huge surprise. Following behind her was her first litter of cubs! Patrick couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the cubs and even wrote in the video’s description that they were the cutest things ever to walk these woods, but he is biased. Simone has become like a close friend to Patrick, so seeing these cubs is like seeing a new family member.
Making it even more obvious that Simone is extremely comfortable with Patrick and finds this human to be her friend, she walks onto his porch. The cubs are a little more cautious, considering they’ve never been here before, but they trust their mama.
Eventually, all three bears are on the porch saying hello, and Patrick is just completely in awe. It is amazing to see what is usually an animal that doesn’t interact with humans be so friendly. After some time, the three bears leave the porch and walk across the street to climb a tree for a little bit. Both of the cubs run to the nearest tree to climb and play with each other, but the mama bear stays close behind. After a while of roaming, climbing, and playing, Simone tells her fresh cubs it is time to go home. The three head back to the forest to go home.
The bear cubs were not in view at first. However, as soon as she looked at the forest, both her cubs came running down towards her. This seemed like a signal for the cubs to run out of the woods. Soon, the mama bear and her young ones began to walk towards the porch, made their way up the stairs, and then looked at Patrick. Then, she sniffed around the whole patio and went down to the yard. The two bear cubs soon followed her and then played around the area. They even attempted to climb a massive tree before going back to the forest. The adorable mama and the cubs had a wonderful time playing around the house.
Patrick notes that Simone is looking well-fed, and considering how close they all got to him, they will be back soon, which he looks forward to. Luckily for us, we can watch Patrick’s journey with the bears from the beginning, and it’s an amazing journey to watch. The mother, now grandmother, a bear named Maite, has three bears: her hefty son Maurice, shy Solange, and Simone, who we see in the video. Now Patrick has to come up with two more names for the brand new editions to the family. What a beautiful encounter with nature that got caught on film.