A young black bear was spotted sitting on top of a garbage truck in the middle of a densely urban area in downtown Vancouver.
Animal control officers were stumped as to how the bear made it all the way into the middle of the concrete jungle, but crowds of people seemed more amused than confused.
The bear was eventually tranquilized and carried away, headed back to its woodland home.
A member of the Conservation Officer Service has a theory of how the bear got into the middle of the city.
"So presumably the bear would have been in the Dumpster, loaded in the back of the garbage truck and when the operator went to do another pickup in downtown Vancouver that's when he would have realized that there was bear in his truck."
A man selling christmas trees across the street from the garbage truck was the first to spot the bear.
"I couldn't believe what I saw. I had to tell him (the truck driver) 'there's a bear on top of your truck.'
It just sat there and just looked around. It was scared. It was scared. It didn't know what was happening.
It was really different. I wasn't expecting to see a bear jumping out of a garbage truck. That's the last thing I thought I'd see."
Maybe the bear just wanted to sit on a mall santa's lap?
We're sure there aren't too many santas in the woods. LOLz!
[Image courtesy James Gemmill/Vancouver Public Library.]