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A video filmed in Yellowstone National Park back in the summer of 2016 shows the terrifying moment a black bear opened the door of a family’s vehicle while they were in it, causing them to panic.
The family was apparently driving through the park when they stopped their vehicle after they spotted the 300-pound black bear and they wanted to take a look at it.
The park’s website noted that back in those days, it was routine for black bears to be fed by visitors from their vans so bears would eagerly approach vehicles without any hesitation in hopes of getting a free meal.
This bear did exactly that and the family didn’t have any food but the wife was filming with a camera and her husband was trying to get a close-up picture of the bear with his camera.
The bear was coming directly to his passenger side window and stood up to get a better look at who and what was inside the vehicle. As the father tried to take picture of the apex predator, the animal was smarter than the man realized.
The bear stood on its hind legs and placed its paws on the door handle and opened the door. The kids screamed as the bear opened the door and tried to peek its head inside the vehicle.
The father scrambled to grab the door to try and shut it, and the bear might have won the tug-a-war contest if his wife didn’t hit the gas, making the van move so the bear would lose its grip.
The video ends with the family getting away from the bear and the kids finally stopping their screaming. Hearing the adults speak in the video, they sound like they’re German or of some other European descent, regardless, they most certainly learned a valuable lesson about traveling through America’s largest national park–always keep the doors locked!