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Young bear spotted relaxing on hammock in Vermont garden

Noah Dweck took some video footage and then scared the bears away.


Noah and Kristen Dweck have seen a number of black bears around their home in Vermont but this was a first: a bear relaxing on their hammock.

Mr Dweck took a video on his phone of two young bears in their garden in Waitsfield, with one sitting on the swinging hammock before he shooed them away.

“It was adorable. It was a funny sight,” he said.

Mr Dweck said he was sitting at a desk with the screen doors open in their home near the Sugarbush ski resort when he heard the jingling of the hammock. He then realised there was no wind.

He ran upstairs and looked out of the window and saw one bear looking curiously at the other bear who was hanging around on the hammock, he said.

He took some video footage and then scared the bears away.

“We live in a very active bear basin. The bears are very used to human contact so I’m assuming they have found other people’s hammocks before,” Mr Dweck said.

“To be honest, it was pretty impressive that he didn’t fall off, or she didn’t fall off the hammock, and kind of knew how to do it. It was quite funny to see.”

Vermont has a healthy black bear population and sightings of and incidents with the animals have increased in recent years.

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