A kodiak bear was taken out for ice cream in Alberta, Canada.
It’s definitely not something you see every day. Last January, the employees at a local Dairy Queen were surprised to find themselves serving ice cream. That in itself was already pretty surprising in the sub-zero temperatures that typically curse the Canadian tundra, but they had another surprise in store for them.
Their customer was a bear.
Berkley is a one-year-old kodiak bear cub living at the Discovery Wildlife Park in Canada’s Alberta province. It was her birthday, so her handlers decided to give her a bit of a treat and take her to Dairy Queen to pick out her birthday cake, and when a bear wants ice cream it’s a little hard to say no.
"We've got Berkley in the drive-thru testing out some ice cream so she can pick out her birthday cake," says a man identified as "Mark" in the cell phone video. "We've added some peanuts to this batch and she seems to like it — so I think we've got a winner here".
After the video was posted, the Wildlife Park came under fire from animal handlers for taking what is supposedly a wild animal out in public, but her trainers contend there was never any danger. "There was never any public present. It was done long before the Dairy Queen even opened," said Serena Bos, a trainer at Discovery Wildlife Park. "Berkley is a captive bear, so not a wild bear in any way".
Berkley has been featured in promotional videos for the park before, she added, "We have put out hundreds of conservation messages on social media over the years”.
However, the move has drawn criticism from the Fish and Wildlife Office of the Alberta Department of Environment and Parks. “Under the terms and conditions of the zoo’s permit, the charges are directly related to the alleged failure of the park to notify the provincial government prior to the bear leaving the zoo,” the office said in a statement.
Discovery Wildlife Park’s owner now faces fines for failing to alert the provincial government before taking Berkley off park grounds.
Regardless, this adorable bear eating ice cream for her birthday is one of the cutest things we have ever seen.