Massive Alaskan Grizzly Bear Gets Within Feet of Bystanders in Video Viewed 10M Times

A stunning video captured a moment few are lucky enough to experience: a group of travelers in Alaska came face-to-face with a giant grizzly bear as it roamed its natural habitat. And, according to the guidelines set forth by the National Park Service (NPS), it appears the group handled the scary situation perfectly.

The clip, shown above, was posted to TikTok by user @mrsb111 on Tuesday. There, it quickly went viral, racking up a whopping 10.6 million views and counting.

It begins by showing the scene—as Alaskan forest—while a deep, monotone voice is heard repeating the phrase, "Hey, big boy." Meanwhile, a member of the group appears to whispers under their breath: "S**t."

Slowly, the grizzly bear comes into frame on all fours. It approaches them and gets terrifyingly close, but keeps going a few feet past them. It then pauses, turns around, then walks back the same way it came. All the while, the voice—which seems to belong to a guide of some sort—keeps talking to the bear. "Hey, bear," he says in the same distinctly low tone.

In the caption, TikToker @mrsb111 provided some context to the incident. "Incredible trip to Alaska," she wrote. "We [happened] to encounter a bear walking right in front of us fortunately my seaplane captain kept everyone calm."

The post has been liked 1.4 million times at the time of this writing. Of its nearly 28,000 comments, countless offered up their hilarious takes on the video.

"I don't know what the proper thing to do here is, but I would've peed my pants and I'm guessing that's wrong," lamented one viewer.

Another commenter joked that it was the "Charmin bear looking for toilet paper."

Others, meanwhile, pointed out that toward the start of the clip, another creature appears to sprint out of view—suggesting the bear that approached the group may have been in a recent fight.

"Based on the marks on his back, this bear just had a fight with another bear or a bigger animal," explained one viewer. "It's looking for new territory to live on."

Many more offered their guidance on how to handle grizzly encounters. Wrote one commenter: "You stay calm, move slowly, and speak in a monotone voice to make them aware you are there and you're OK. This group did excellent."

Grizzly Bear
A recent TikTok video documented an encounter between a grizzly bear and a group of travelers. A grizzly bear at Pelican Creek in Yellowstone National Park. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

This advice is backed up by the National Park Service. "Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone," explains the agency on their website.

"Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal."

Earlier this week, a California Sheriff's Office released footage of a curious bear breaking into the backseat of an officer's car. "Thankfully, this bear found nothing of interest," noted the Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

Updated 08/05/2021, 9:09 a.m. ET: This story has been updated with a new video.