He may not be smarter than the average bear but he sure looks more comfortable, thanks to an old sofa discarded at a northern Canadian town dump.
The rural First Nations community of Lac Brochet, Manitoba doesn't make headlines often – if at all – but that changed suddenly thanks to a couch-potato black bear and a Canadian nurse who's quick with a camera. Mandy Stantic grew up in Lac Brochet and knows well what antics the local bears can get up to exploring the ever-changing environment of the town dump.
On a recent trip back to visit with relatives, Stantic (above) cruised by the dump with her camera at the ready. “The dump isn't exactly a tourist trap, given that it's just a big pile of litter,” explained Stantic to a CBC reporter, “so it's not somewhere you'd think to take a camera. However, for those aware of the bears that linger around there, it's worth taking a few snaps.” Her prescience paid off big time when she caught one particular bear making itself all-too-comfy on a recently dumped sofa.
“You don't see animals kind of imitating humans - sitting with their legs crossed, arms over the chair there,” Stantic added. She also stated there was an old busted TV set up a few feet in front of the sofa, just out of the camera's frame. “He's just posing, just like a person... it just looked like he was ready to have some popcorn and chill.” Alas, you'd be hard-pressed to find any popcorn at a northern Canadian town dump. As for “chill”, on the other hand, you've definitely come to the right place.