Bear Takes Tumble Down Waterfall Trying to Grab Fish in Hilarious Video

A bear has been filmed trying and failing spectacularly to catch a fish in the deep rushing blue waters of a U.S. national park.

The video was posted to the National Park Service's official Facebook page where it has been viewed more than 116,000 times.

In the video, a group of six bears can be seen enjoying a spot of fishing.

One of the bears is stood on the lip of a waterfall, and preparing to catch a salmon as it jumps towards it.

On most days, a catch of this kind would pose little problem to the furry mammal, but on this particular occasion the bear ends up getting distracted.

Realizing it is being watched by the person behind the camera, the bear is momentarily caught off guard and, when it goes to reach for his catch of the day, ends up missing the fish entirely.

Worse still, the bear ends up slipping off the top of the waterfall and taking a dunk in the deep blue below.

Moments later, another member of the gang has taken up the prized position the soaking wet bear once held.

The amusing footage was filmed at Katmai National Park & Reserve in southern Alaska and posted online alongside a quote from the U.S. sitcom The Office.

"'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.' - Wayne Gretzky' - Michael Scott," the quote reads.

"Ooooh. Bearly missed," the blurb reads. "Hey, at least you gave it your all. You go bear. You know, fishing isn't always about the fish you catch, it's more about the memories you make along the journey."

The video struck a chord with bear lovers across social media, who flocked to the video to comment on the bear's epic fall.

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Taking in the scene, Jennifer Ruppenthal wrote: "Looks like they're waiting in line at the grocery store!"

Mary Jane Stone added: "They are like professional surfers. Know how to do great bear poses for the camera."

Amanda Marr said: "This is my 2 year old's favorite thing to watch currently (replacing a very compelling African Penguin live feed)"

Marcia Downey was similarly captivated by the sight of the Alaskan brown bears: "I love watching these - I put it on full screen and listen to the sounds of nature."

The clip was taken from a live video feed that gives animal lovers a chance to regularly look in on what is going on inside the park.

Encompassing some 4,093,077 acres of land, much of Katmai National Park & Reserve is a designated wilderness area and is famous for its brown bear population as well as its sockeye salmon, which serves as the bears' main source of food.

According to the National Park Service, Katmai is home to the world's largest protected brown bear population with around 2,200 of the animals estimated to reside in the region.

Newsweek has reached out to the National Park Service for further information.

Two brown bears on a waterfall.
Two brown bears stop atop of a waterfall - a similar Alaskan bear suffered a fall while trying to fish. Mark Kostich/Getty