Apparently humans aren’t the only species that drinks White Claws.
A locally known bear named Tripod in Lake Mary, Florida, was recently caught red-handed after it broke into a resident’s home and helped itself to some adult beverages.
Josaury Faneite-Diglio, one of the residents who lives inside of the home received a notification from her security camera about an unwanted visitor breaking into the house, she told WESH.
Her son, Joseph Diglio and the family dog Bruno, were in the house when they both realized a bear had gotten in.
After ripping a makeshift door into a screen that surrounded an enclosed patio to break in, Tripod helped himself to the family’s mini fridge and guzzled down three White Claws.
The bear even ate the fish food he found next to the Diglio’s fish tank too.
“He took three White Claws, drank, and left very happy. His favorite flavor is mango and strawberry,” Josaury Faneite-Diglio told WESH.Josaury Faneite-Diglio
Although, experts from the Bear Management Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say that Tripod wasn’t purposely searching for White Claws, and that this occasion was more likely just a random search from the bear to see what was inside.
“Bears will test foods and bite cans to drink what’s inside,” a spokesperson noted in an email to WESH. “We do not believe that bears choose cans that are filled with alcohol, it is likely just a random search to test what is inside.”Spokesperson from the Bear Management Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
And according to the Diglio family, Tripod is a “well-liked” member of the neighborhood.
“I was not scared because we know the bear really well. He lives here; we respect their habitat as much as we can,” Faneite-Diglio explained to WESH.Josaury Faneite-Diglio
Currently, the FWC does not have plans to catch Tripod.
However, while Tripod was seen on a screened porch and helped himself to an “unsecured fridge,” bears that enter homes should always be reported to wildlife officials, as it is a public safety issue according to the FWC.
The FWC also encourages individuals to remove or secure anything that may attract a bear.
While spotting a bear in the neighborhood isn’t cause for an immediate concern, the bear could settle down and stay in the area if there is a source of food which in return, could make the bear lose its natural fear of people according to the FWC.
“To avoid encounters between a bear or other wildlife and pets, bang on your door and flip your house lights on and off before letting your pets outside. This will give the bear (and any other wildlife) time to leave the area before your pets come outside. If you do not have a fenced yard, keep your dog on a short leash when taking them outside,” explained the FWC.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission