Police Officer Captures ‘Special’ Moment of Two Black Bears Embracing on the Road

September 14, 2020 Updated: September 14, 2020

A picture of two black bears embracing each other on a road in the rural municipality of Armstrong, near Thunder Bay in northwest Ontario, Canada, has warmed social media users’ hearts.

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(Courtesy of Nicole Haueisen/Ontario Provincial Police – North West Region)

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on a foot patrol and were returning to their cruisers when they witnessed two bears standing on their hind legs sharing a hearty hug and having a little moment of theirs. One of the officers from the department immediately snapped some images of this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

On May 28, the department took to Twitter to share these special photos, writing: “‘Just the bear facts.’ Bears are among the most massive and powerful animals on earth and P/C Nicole Haueisen managed to capture these great photos.”

The tweet further read, “Northern policing is one of the greatest experiences.”

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(Courtesy of Nicole Haueisen/Ontario Provincial Police – North West Region)

The rare moment captured the bears not only hugging each other but also walking down the dirt road arm in arm. Alluding to the special moment, a member of the OPP department told The Epoch Times via a Facebook message that the officers encounter bears every day. However, they explained that “these one were definitely special. You don’t see this everyday.”

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(Courtesy of Nicole Haueisen/Ontario Provincial Police – North West Region)

Unsurprisingly when the incredible pictures were shared on OPP’s Facebook page, the post went viral, garnering over 1,900 shares. Netizens immediately took to the comments sections to share their own version of what the bears were really up to.

One social media user wrote, “They kinda remind me of two old church ladies hugging and kissing after the service..”

Whilst another chimed in, writing, “Aww…what great pictures! Looks like an old romantic couple out for a walk!”

Meanwhile, a third one joked about them getting arrested, adding: “I think this was the photos before they were arrested for joy riding in police vehicles, 1st photo celebrating the get away 2nd photo talking about how they took the corner at high speeds, 3rd photo laughing about how they will never get caught in the woods. In the end Constable Nicole has them in custody.”

Some of them even quipped about the bears’ disregard for observing social distancing guidelines amid the ongoing pandemic.

Regardless of what antics these bears were up to, the thing that remains certain is that everyone left the scene safe and sound.

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