God, how we people love to assign human characteristics to animals, anthropomorphizing them to the point where we feel like they deserve to not be food. Here the Alberta, Canada Wildlife Association has spliced together footage from a motion capture camera set up near a “rub tree” to imply that these bears are working the pole in a strip club. A “rub tree,” for those of you who don’t have one in your own home, is a tree trunk that bears rub up against to leave their scent, sort of as a communication to other bears. As evidenced by this footage, sometimes the bears do it alone, sometimes in small packs. The bottom line is that the video is quaint and, more importantly, it is doing wonders for Kananaskis Country, the park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains where those bears are shaking their ass for Sir Robert Borden’s (the Canadian bank note equivalent of a “Ben Franklin”).
Most delightful about this video is the use of a peppy bluegrass sort of theme the bears are dancing to. For some reason, I feel like this is exactly the sort of music I’d find in an actual Alberta strip club.
P.S. There’s also a “Harlem Shake” version if you’re interested …
Here’s more cute animals doing cute animal things: