Watch a Wild Bear Turn Into the Perfect Gentleman and Close a Woman’s Front Door

Black Bear Population by State
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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Published: March 15, 2023

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With over 3.4 million likes and counting, a Tik Tok of a wholesome interaction is shocking viewers around the world. The video starts with a woman opening up her front door, only to see a massive black bear sitting on her front stoop.

The apex predator can grow to be between 50 and 75 inches long and weigh between 130 and 660 pounds as an adult male. Females weigh 90 to 175 pounds and range in height from 50 to 75 inches.

While they’re huge in reality, this bear looks timid as it slowly gets off the woman’s front steps. It shouldn’t have to be said, but it’s never a safe idea for humans to be this close to a wild animal, especially a black bear.

Thankfully, black bears are not territorial animals and are rarely aggressive. The sweet lady filming shows how much snow has accumulated on the bear’s fur as it gets up and walks away before abruptly coming to a stop. 

In a soft voice, the woman asks the bear to “come here.” She continues, “Before you go, you have to do me a favor. Come here. Close the door.” All the while, the huge animal walks towards here, right back up the front steps! 

In a shocking moment, we see the bear step two feet inside her home before grabbing the door handle with its mouth and pulling it shut. We’re not sure if this person is a bear whisperer, but what you’ll see in the video below will leave you with your jaw on the floor! 

Can You Train a Bear?

Bears can be socialized with humans and trained, but they cannot be completely domesticated. Bears are solitary animals who need a lot of food, and when they’re starving, they’ll go hunting. Even when raised by people from birth, some bears retain their primal instincts.

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A Black Bear at a wildlife sanctuary in northern Minnesota.

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Bears are often reserved, quiet creatures with little interest in interacting with people. They often choose to stay away from us unless they are compelled to do so in order to be close to a food source.

Black bears communicate their feelings by using sounds, body language, and scent tagging. Grunts and tongue clicks made by mothers worried about their pups and bears visiting other bears to breed or exercise are friendly sounds. As they feed or are particularly at ease, cubs emit a throbbing hum that sounds like a motor.

Although the bear in this video was silent, it’s safe to say the animal and the woman share a special bond that one could only dream of having with such a precious creature! 


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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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