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'Well, hi there!' Outgoing Grizzly Bear Cubs, Stray 3,000 Miles from Home, Puzzle Florida Deputy

A Florida deputy experienced an unexpected start to her day with an early morning emergency call. Footage from the Okaloosa Sheriff's Department captures the deputy arriving on a rural road at approximately 3:30 a.m., only to be greeted by two young brown bear cubs.

A bystander at the scene sheds light on the bears' behavior, explaining that he spotted them near a ditch by the roadside. The footage shows the cubs curiously investigating the deputy's car, gradually approaching her without displaying any signs of aggression.

In a humorous moment, the deputy briefly retreats to her patrol car but soon returns to capture photographs of the curious cubs. The bystander even jests with the bears, comically instructing them to "sit" after one of them playfully jumps on the deputy.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the two cubs had escaped from an inadequate enclosure at a nearby residence, reportedly owned by a "self-proclaimed" bear trainer. Astonishingly, these Kodiak Cubs found themselves a long way from home, approximately 3,600 miles away in Alaska.

Authorities indicated that the individual responsible for housing the cubs would face various wildlife violations in Florida. Meanwhile, here are some fascinating facts about Kodiak bears: they hold the title of the largest bears globally, with a population of around 3,500 exclusively inhabiting the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago for approximately 12,000 years.

Male Kodiak bears can reach heights of over 10 feet when standing on their hind legs, weighing up to a staggering 1,500 pounds, while females are comparatively smaller and lighter. Despite their immense size, Kodiak bears are not typically social creatures and tend to adopt nocturnal behavior in the presence of humans, as noted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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