A bear in Florida was on a mission to have a good time this past Labor Day weekend.
A family in Lake Mary got the shock of their lives when their home’s security cameras captured spectacular footage.
On Sunday, Joseph Diglio was hanging out at home watching TV when the family dog started barking uncontrollably. The boy got up to investigate the commotion and appeared visibly stunned in the video.
Joseph grabbed his little canine by the collar and quickly left the living room. A few moments later it was clear why.
Edited footage shared with Florida news station WESH 2 showed Joseph recording with his cell phone in a relatively safe location inside the home while telling the puppy to be quiet.
“This one [expletive] bear in mine [expletive] terrace, guys. What [expletive]?” the boy can be heard saying in the video.
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While Joseph was hiding from the oversized houseguest, he let viewers know that the bear’s name is Tripod — a nickname affectionately given by residents of the Magnolia Plantation community to the bear that occasionally roams the area freely.
According to USA Todaybears can be found almost anywhere in Florida, but prefer flatwoods, swamps, oak ridges and hammock habitats, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“There’s a literal bear on our patio,” Joseph continued in amazement. “Look how big he is! God s—!”
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The boy laughed in surprise as he watched Tripod open the door to the mini-fridge the family had on their lanai while the dog — who had since been locked in another room in the house — barked in the background.
Following the incident, Joseph’s mother Josaury Faneite-Diglio spoke to WESH about the surprise visit.
“He ate the fish food we had outside by our fish tank and then he went to the bar,” she told the outlet. “He took three White Claws, drank and left very happy. His favorite flavor is mango and strawberry.”
A three-legged bear breaks into the lanai, breaks into the fridge on the patio of the Lake Mary, Florida home.
WESH 2 News
Josaury added: “When I saw him open the fridge, I was afraid he might open the door to love houses.” While the boy revealed that he had locked all the doors in the home as a precaution, his mother admitted that she was not afraid of Tripod.
“I wasn’t afraid because we know the bear very well. It lives here; we respect their habitat as much as we can,” said Josaury. The mother and son also noticed that Tripod was the second bear that entered their house through the patio screen. Without the cans of claws, the family reported no damage.
Joseph Diglio talks to WESH 2 after a three-legged bear breaks into the lanai, breaks into a refrigerator on the patio of a Lake Mary, Florida home.
WESH 2 News
There is one bear that could beat a tripod.
A black bear in South Lake Tahoe, California, nicknamed “Hank the Tank” by locals, was recently captured after allegedly digging through over 20 homes over a period of more than a year.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) shared a press release in early August that Hank was “responsible for at least 21 DNA-confirmed home burglaries and extensive property damage” since 2022. He is known to the organization as Bear 64F.
After tracking with a tracking device, wildlife officials declared the bear to be safe and accepted Hank the Tank and her three cubs.
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“Pending a successful veterinary check, CDFW has secured a permit from the State of Colorado to transport the female black bear, known as 64F, and place her in the Wildlife Refuge,” CDFW wrote about her future.
“We are glad to help and give her a good home,” Pat Craig, executive director of the Wildlife Refuge, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Obviously, we’d like to see all the animals stay in the wild, but at the same time, the ones that need to be removed from the wild – and they can be euthanized or go to a sanctuary – they can go to our sanctuary, and we can give them a semi-natural place to live. “