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Today’s video is as Canadian as Sidney Crosby slap-shooting a bottle of homemade maple syrup into a moose’s mouth…and that’s alright by us.
It was taken by YouTube user Damian G., a Calgarian who was on vacation in Waterton Lakes National Park, in Alberta, Canada.
A loan black bear cub had wandered near a playground where kids were playing, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Sgt. Clayton Wilburn — who was there to return a lost wallet to a camper — took it upon himself to chase the bear away.
It became quite the photo op.
“Hundreds of people were watching us as we were trying to get the poor little guy out,” Sgt. Wilburn told news.
The chase continued for quite some time, as the bear kept climbing into trees to “escape.”
The tourists were thrilled at the chance to see both a bear and a Mountie — two quintessentially Canadian things. Even better to see both at the same time.
As for why he was wearing his red derge — which is typically the formal dress — in the field, Sgt. Wilburn reminded reporters that it’s Canada’s 150th birthday, and all RCMP officers are trying to wear red as much as possible.
Sgt. Wilburn eventually chased the cub back into the woods. No parties were injured.