In the following YouTube video, a woman spotted a bear alongside the road and decided to greet it with a friendly wave from her car.
To the woman’s shock and surprise, the bear quickly decides to wave back. This hasn’t been the first time we’ve spotted bears behave like humans, but it’s still very surprising the similarities one can find between humans and bears’ behaviors.
Bears can be playful, extremely curious, and avid explorers of their surroundings. Thought to be asocial compared to other animals like lions or wolves, they’re actually quite the opposite and enjoy playing and socialize with their fellow bears. Marine Land Blog states that it’s actually the usual range size of their habitat what prevents bears to interact more often, but that there have been many reports of bears playing together for “long periods of time.” Bears can even be moody, like us, UDAP reports, and one bear may behave in a completely different way than others. In short, bears have distinctive personalities.