Motorists in Winchester, Connecticut, waited patiently as an exasperated female black bear tried to ferry her four cubs across the road. With traffic halted, many motorists took out their phones to record the hilarious, relatable ordeal.
The bear was attempting to cross Rowley Street, a busy road with a 40 mph speed limit. A police cruiser blocked traffic to allow the mother bear the time she needed to corral all of her cubs to safety.
As she carried her cubs across the asphalt by the scruff, one by one, the cubs promptly followed her back across the street, making for a hilarious farce that entertained motorists for a full 20 minutes.
Clips were shared online, prompting thousands of human parents to empathize with the mama bear’s near-impossible task.
Driver Benjamin Elijah Washington filmed a 4-minute video to capture the struggling mama’s parenting act.
In the clip, Washington’s wife exclaims, “Poor mama, I feel you!” and later says that she has “never related more to a bear” as the couple watches the solo parent trundling back and forth across the road after her kids.
Winchester Police Department shared Washington’s clip on their Facebook page as a warning to motorists, and to thank Winchester drivers for their exemplary patience.
“The weather is getting nicer and the wildlife is coming out to play!” they posted. “Please use caution while driving and avoid interacting with these animals!”
The clip went viral, amassing millions of views.
“Perfect example of motherhood. How much patience Moms across all species have to raise the little ones,” wrote one woman.
Another commented: “It is so nice to see there are other people who respect these beautiful animals. Good Karma to the Officer who blocked the traffic. What an amazing video.”
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(Video Credit: ViralHog)