Just because you tell a bear not to do something, doesn’t mean it’ll listen.
Mary Maley knows this firsthand after a black bear damaged her kayak during a solo trip in Alaska.
She was eating her lunch outside a cabin when the bear appeared. What happens next is captured in a video uploaded to YouTube.
Maley hits the animal with pepper spray and it backs away — but then ambles over to her kayak on the beach.
“Get away from that kayak!” she yells. “Come here!”
The bear doesn’t listen and starts to gnaw on the vessel.
“Bear! Bear! Bear! You’re breaking it, you’re breaking my kayak!” she says.
The animal then turns the vessel over and keeps chewing on it. By this point, Maley is pleading.
“Bear, please stop breaking my things. It’s not, it’s not even food, it doesn't even taste good, it’s just plastic.”
She writes in the YouTube description that the bruin kept gnawing for another five to 10 minutes after the video ends before it left. She then had to swim to a sailing vessel, which took her to a nearby community so she could fix the kayak.
While seeing an animal wreck a beloved possession would make anyone upset, we think Maley learned a valuable lesson: bears don’t speak English.
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