As we visit zoos to witness nature's fascinating and unique creatures, encountering a 'human bear' is the last thing we'd expect.
However, at Hangzhou Zoo in China, a viral video spread across social media, capturing a bear confidently standing on its hind legs and seemingly waving at onlookers.
Some were convinced that the bear was, in fact, a human wearing a bear-like costume. The zoo had to step in and publicly deny such strange speculation. Take a look for yourself:
There have been rumors circulating about the zoo's sun bear named Angela, an endangered species typically found in the rainforests of South East Asia.
It's not entirely unusual for bears to stand on their hind legs for better observation. However, when videos and pictures of Angela surfaced, showing her standing and observing the zoo's visitors, the internet went wild.
One Twitter user expressed disbelief, saying: "No cuz that's literally a human."
Another sarcastically joked: "Definitely not human with costume..."
"Those are definitely human gestures," a third pointed out.
"Its a dude inna suit..... not real. Bears cant stand up for that long. Definitely not in place like that," another commenter wrote.
Hangzhou Zoo has addressed the claims regarding the sun bear being mistaken for a human in a bear costume. The zoo clarified that people may not fully grasp the nature of this species.
In a post from the perspective of the sun bear, Hangzhou Zoo stated: "Some people think I stand like a person… It seems you don't understand me very well."
"When it comes to bears, the first thing that comes to mind is a huge figure and astonishing power… But not all bears are behemoths and danger personified."
The zoo, speaking on behalf of the bear, explained that sun bears are the smallest bears in the world, and they have a petite size.
On their official website, the zoo stated, "Our bears all belong to the Ursidae family, which is mainly divided into three subfamilies, namely the giant panda subfamily, the spectacled bear subfamily and the Ursidae subfamily."
"Our sun bears belong to the Ursidae, and our other brothers are brown bears, American black bears, polar bears, Asiatic black bears, and sloth bears.
"The body structure of our bear family is that we can stand on our hind legs, and so are the other brothers!"
The Zoo mentioned that sun bears have a height and size similar to a big dog, with a general body length of 110-150 cm and an average weight of 55 kg.
So, that should put the speculation to rest.