11:25 AM EDT, August 7, 2014
Your eyes are not deceiving you—that's a bear, all right, walking on two feet! And he's a national sensation!
CBS This Morning reported, "A bear in New Jersey was caught casually taking a stroll down the street on its hind legs!"
Good Morning America reported, "Caught on camera, is that a bear, walking upright like a human?!"
It certainly is—a black bear, to be specific, walking upright through a suburb in northern New Jersey. The locals could barely believe their eyes!
He walked down a lawn, pausing when an astonished dog barked at him.
Bear in mind, this is not an everyday sight!
INSIDE EDITION's April Woodard caught up with Ian Bohman, the guy who filmed the upright bear crossing his cul-de-sac on two feet. He paused to check out a garbage can before walking into the woods.
Bohman said, "There was the bear, just looking at me."
Woodard asked, "It's only on two feet, walking like a human. What are you thinking about this bear?"
"It was like an 'Oh my God' kind of thing. This is actually happening! It was weird to see. It's something you don't see every day," said Bohman.
"Did you ever think it was a fake?" asked Woodard.
"No. It was absolutely a bear, 100 percent," he confirmed.
Why would a bear walk on his hind legs? The video clip may contain a clue. The bear lowered himself to the ground, but didn't put his right front paw down, leading some to speculate that he injured it.
Dr. Mireya Mayor, wildlife expert, told INSIDE EDITION, "It does appear that the bear was injured in the way that it lifts its paw up. When that happens, it's not unheard of for the bear to go bipedal as a way of adapting to its injury but still be able to get around."
Meanwhile, as far as the folks in New Jersey are concerned, the black bear is a model citizen. An upstanding citizen, you might say.