A grizzly bear was filmed belly flopping into a Florida pool, in an effort to cool off a bit in the summer heat.
The footage shows four-year-old Bruiser the bear climbing the pool’s ladder before flopping into the water, hugely enjoying himself in the process.
After emerging on the surface, Bruiser takes a brief moment to shake his wet fur off so he can play with his toy.
Bruiser is a 600-pound grizzly who lives at the Single Vision wildlife sanctuary in Melrose, Florida, where it does get hot in the summer, with temperatures this month going up to 90F.
The pool is equipped with a surfboard for Bruiser to play with, and blow-up swimming toys are kept away, as his massive claws render their lifespans rather short.
A nonprofit organization, Single Vision wildlife sanctuary is “dedicated to endangered species education”, its Facebook page tells us.
Single Vision cares for several endangered animals, including local Florida panthers, white tigers and, of course, Bruiser the grizzly bear.
Bruiser’s video quickly went viral, even as it coincides with the announcement on Wednesday that black bear hunting was once again allowed in Florida for the first time since 1994, as reported by The Tampa Bay Times.
1. Bruiser the grizzly bear climbs the pool ladder in preparation of jumping in for his daily play time.
2. Bruiser then jumps into the water at Single Vision wildlife sanctuary in Melrose, Florida.
3. Bruiser’s body goes horizontal and he prepares for a big belly flop into the water.
4. Bruiser has a surfboard to play with in the pool, as blowup toys would be impractical for an animal with such large claws.
5. Bruiser takes a break from swimming to greet the camera as he’s being filmed by an employee at Single Vision.
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