Recently shared video shows a bear entertaining a couple of onlookers as it used its mouth to stand up an orange cone that was lying on its side.
“He stands it up! Oh my God. His body knocks it down and he stood it back up,” a woman can be heard saying off camera.
The video that was shared on Instagram shows a bear walking over to a gravel area to a cone on lying on its side. This video was shot a few years ago by Michael Mauro in Denali National Park in Alaska.
A bear at Denali National Park in Alaska approaches an orange cone lying in a gravel rock pit
The bear assesses the cone before deciding how it will proceed in standing it upright
The bear bites the cone by its base to flip it, which helps tilt the cone toward it a little more
The bear uses its paw to help stand the cone up even more, which helps balance the object
Finally, the bear is able to stand the cone up fully after using both its mouth and paw
After standing up the cone with an audience looking on, the bear walks off triumphantly
Mauro wrote on his Instagram account that two bears were actually in the area on a nearby road. He knew the bears (at least one of them) would wander off the road, so he set up a tripod to capture the action.
‘As you saw this bear must have been the responsible older brother and he cleaned up the mess. It just goes to show that you never know what’s going to happen in nature,’ Mauro wrote.