When most people go to the zoo they typically don’t get to stare down the nose of a bear. But when most people go to the zoo they typically aren’t dressed like a Bear.
For a lucky boy at the Minnesota Zoo, his choice of wardrobe paid off – while dressed as a bear, an actual bear paid him an up-close-and-personal visit.
Spitting image: A courageous boy gets an up-close look at a familiar friend at the Minnesota Zoo
But the boy shows no fear as the giant bear emerges from his aquatic habitat to poke his head above water and get a glimpse of the familiar sight.
Luckily, Kelly Lillibridge, a therapeutic foster care coordinator, snapped a photo of the boy and the bear on her cell phone so it could be shared with the world – let’s just hope the tigers don’t get jealous.
No fear: neither the small boy, or the giant Grizzly Bear, seem to find this situation even the slightest bit alarming
Grizzly bears can weigh up to 1,300 pounds and can grow to be 10 feet tall. They have razor-sharp claws and could easily kill a human being.
In 2009, bears at the Minnesota Zoo’s grizzly exhibit destroyed 500 pounds of pumpkins in less than 10 minutes.