A person was “carjacked” by an uncommon pair of assailants on Friday when he found a few bear cubs had damaged into his van earlier than discovering themselves trapped within the automobile.
Jeff Stokely, a safety technician in Gatlinburg, had parked his van outdoors a buyer’s dwelling when the 2 animals climbed into the driving force’s door, by accident locking it within the course of, in line with WBIR. He was solely alerted to the incident when he heard the automobile horn honking for about 20 minutes, returning to the van to seek out the 2 cubs trapped inside.
Stokely posted photos and pictures of the incident on Facebook, saying: “I got carjacked today while I was with a customer. Gatlinburg is getting bad!”
In one of many clips one of many bears could be seen honking the automobile horn whereas the opposite one scrabbles on the driver’s window to attempt to escape. In one other clip, Stokely could be heard speaking with an unidentified individual in regards to the incident, speculating that the cubs’ mom have to be shut by. “She’s not far. There’s no way she’s far from here,” he says.
He additionally goes on to say he reckons the cubs are very younger, saying “They’re this year, they’re not very old.” When one of many cubs slams itself instantly on the window the place he’s filming, Stokely reassures the animal “I’m going to get you out in just a minute, buddy.”
In the ultimate clip, Stokely opens the rear doorways of the van to let the animals escape, saying “Come on, get out of there.” One of the cubs exits the automobile shortly, whereas the opposite bear wants a bit extra encouragement earlier than lastly dashing from the van into the woods close by.
In feedback beneath the Facebook video, Stokely acknowledged that barring a “couple of teeth marks on the steering wheel,” the animals had not triggered any injury to the van and that they “Mostly just got everything dirty.”
This will not be the primary time Stokely has had a run in with bears within the Great Smoky Mountains Area, with him additionally sharing footage and pictures on Facebook of a bear cub clambering on prime of his van final 12 months.
On September 30, a hiker was injured after a black bear knocked him down in Soutbury, Connecticut, officers mentioned. The 38-year-old man was strolling close to Lake Zoar when he encountered the animal. After being knocked down, the hiker managed to make a secure escape, earlier than the bear dashed off into the encompassing woods. The man was handled for non-life threatening accidents at Danbury Hospital, earlier than being discharged later that day.