A video with over 41 million views shows just how intense interactions between humans and beasts can be! A Youtube account by the name of “McGregor” was enjoying one of his regular bike rides through the forest.
With a GoPro strapped on and recording, the cyclist assumed he was simply going to film his travels. Little did he know, he’d end up biking for his life! At about the 12-second mark, the camera captures a giant grizzly bear running full speed toward the biker.
This footage is unbelievable! Thanks to GoPro’s first-person point of view, it feels as if the viewer is the one attempting to ride away from the apex predator. Bears may appear fluffy and chubby, but they actually have some pretty amazing muscles hidden beneath all that fur.
They unexpectedly resemble a human bodybuilder with a bit of fur. These muscles grow as a result of a lifetime of hunting and prowling through the forests. A bear’s claws also render them exceptionally adept at climbing trees and getting grip on rocky terrain.
Grizzly bears can run at high speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour, making them the fastest members of the Ursidae family. Although they are unable to sustain this top speed for very long, they are incredibly effective predators because of their capacity to sprint quickly and sustain high speeds.
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Professional cyclists typically travel at 25 to 28 miles per hour while on level ground. On flat ground, the typical amateur cyclist moves at a speed of 17–18 miles per hour. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that it would be nearly impossible to out-cycle a grizzly bear running at full speed.
There is a lot of debate in the comment section of the upload as to the authenticity of this clip. Many state that the bear doesn’t cast a shadow and appears fake when you slow down the footage. Snopes wrote an article about the fabricated interaction as well.
Others comment about being in the same woods and having close interactions with grizzly bears. Eventually, the biker loses the bear and pulls over, only to spot the grizzly seemingly looking for him.
Thanks to some well-timed gunshots, the animal is spooked and runs in the opposite direction. The Youtube account does mention “for the whole truth behind this video, become a sponsor.” This leads us to believe there may be more to the story than we can see… for free.
Either way, if it was an authentic interaction, it would be absolutely terrifying. If it’s edited and fake, well done to those in the graphics department. Nonetheless, it makes a great watch!
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