Three Bear Cubs Enjoy Soak In A Hot Tub

The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has had a bit of a 21st century update, with one couple finding three black bear cubs chilling in their holiday home's hot tub.

Elizabeth Strickland and her partner were on their jollies in the Great Smoky Mountains, on the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the US, when they looked out across the porch and saw the cubs messing about in the water.

The area is well known for its bears, but usually they don't hang around in hot tubs like contestants on Come Dine With Me - but who knows? Maybe these guys will kick off a trend.

The cute bear cubs enjoyed playing about in the hot tub. Credit: The Mega Agency
The cute bear cubs enjoyed playing about in the hot tub. Credit: The Mega Agency

"I saw one walk around a corner of the porch, and I ran into the bedroom to look out the windows at the hot tub and there they were!" Elizabeth told WKRN.

Speaking to Fox 8, she added: "It was so cute, so we let them enjoy for a minute. Then they went on their merry way."

Despite looking bloody adorable, it goes without saying that bears are not to be messed with - the National Park Service (NPS) wans that bears are 'dangerous and unpredictable wild animals' and that you should 'treat any encounters with extreme caution'.

So no going out and jumping in the hot tub, should you find yourself in the same situation as Elizabeth and her fella.

The NPS goes on to explain: "Wilfully approaching within 150 feet, or any distance that disturbs or displaces a bear, is illegal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park."

Black bears are pretty common in the area, but usually avoid humans. Credit: PA
Black bears are pretty common in the area, but usually avoid humans. Credit: PA

Weirdly, this isn't the first time a bear has been snapped taking a relaxing soak in a hot tub. In July last year, California resident Mark Hough was in his back garden enjoying a margarita when a bear lumbered over the fence.

But the bear wasn't looking for a kick-off - it just wanted to spend a bit of time in Mark's hot tub, and even went on to slurp down the last of his margarita.

Sharing his bizarre story, Mark said the bear 'popped out of the bushes, walked right over to the margarita, knocked it over and lapped it'.

After drinking the cocktail, the bear sauntered off to the woods to sleep it off.

Mark added: "So he had his margarita, he had his Jacuzzi, and now he's ready for an hour nap."

Sounds like a good evening if you ask me, mate.

Featured Image Credit: The Mega Agency

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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