You don't always need a reason to jump for joy! Sometimes it's just contagious. News Radio 590 KQNT recently shared video footage taken by Patrick Parker that shows a baby black bear cub at the Nashville Zoo jumping along with a five-year-old boy.
During a trip to the local zoo, a little dark-haired boy spotted a bear cub not too much taller than himself and ran up to the glass to try to interact with the cub. It turned out that the human didn't have to work too hard to get a response since the bear baby was just as excited as he was.
With just a glass wall separating them, the little boy and baby bear played an impromptu game of "Follow The Leader" with each having just as much fun as the other. We think this really goes to show how much we have in common with animals - kids of all species just wanna have fun!
KHQLOCALNEWS: BEARY CUTE: A bear at the Nashville Zoo embraced his inner cub this week while jumping for joy with a 5-year-old boy 🐻— 590 KQNT (@590KQNT) June 13, 2018
📹: Patrick Parker pic.twitter.com/Nd0OTNNRcm
American black bears are considerably smaller than brown bears and typically weigh around 240 pounds. They also have shorter claws and do not have a shoulder hump like brown bears do, making this cub more size-friendly to the five-year-old boy. They are also very dexterous and can open screw-top jars and door latches. Cubs and adults alike, these bears are very active and can run at speeds of 30 miles per hour. So watching him jump like a pro is really no surprise.
This was one of those rare and magical moments in life when everything just seemed to line up perfectly. The little boy saw the bear cub standing there alone and approached him, not knowing if he would swim away or simply wander off. But instead, the bear embraced the boy's actions and accepted his invitation for a short but very fun playdate.
We bet the boy's father was thanking his lucky stars that he just happened to have his camera out and rolling when the action began. Not only is the world now able to enjoy this beautiful moment but imagine how much the boy will love watching this when he gets older.
Happy jumping, boys!