Black Bear Wakes Up and Falls into Pond

While out for a spring hike, I found this guy sleeping beside a snow-melt pond, still very deep and half-frozen, just outside of Carmacks, Yukon. He was truly sound asleep and snoring loudly. I sat down on the edge of the pond across from him and watched him do nothing but sleep for about an hour. He then snorted himself awake.

I did not want to startle him so I started talking to him. He stretched, then the willows behind his back he was laying against started to give way. He gave a final stretch—and tumbled head first into the half frozen pond. Here’s what it looked like.

Photo Gallery: Groggy Black Bear Wakes Up, Falls into a Frozen Pond
While out for a hike, the photographer watched this bear napping and snoring till it eventually woke up. Jim Petelski photo
Photo Gallery: Groggy Black Bear Wakes Up, Falls into a Frozen Pond
After a stretch, the groggy black bear fell head first into the drink. Jim Petelski photo
Photo Gallery: Groggy Black Bear Wakes Up, Falls into a Frozen Pond
The Yukon River was icy cold, and the bear seemed as if it couldn’t get back on shore quickly enough. Jim Petelski photo
Photo Gallery: Groggy Black Bear Wakes Up, Falls into a Frozen Pond
Seemingly happy to be back on dry land, the bear headed off into the bush. Jim Petelski photo

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