Shocked Vacationer Finds Massive Bear Soaking in Their Jacuzzi

A family in Tennessee was surprised to find an unexpected guest relaxing in their hot tub—a wild black bear.

According to The Daily Mirror, the incident occurred when Todd Trebony and his family were on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, where they were renting a ski cabin equipped with an outdoor jacuzzi.

In a series of videos posted to his Instagram account, Trebony shows what appears to be a black bear walking along the railing that encloses the cabin's outdoor deck. The bear then hops down onto the deck and makes its way towards the hot tub.

Tentatively, the bear appears to test the jacuzzi's temperature by dipping in its paws into the water.

"It's just having a blast," Trebony says, watching the bear immerse its body into the tub. "I'm glad I wasn't in the jacuzzi," he adds.

As the bear settles into the steaming water, Trebony continues to express shock at the scene unfolding before him. "Unbelievable," he says.

Gatlinburg is known for its incredible views, and this cabin is no exception. The soaking bear is seen relaxing against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and trees.

In a second video Trebony posted, the bear continues to relax in the warm water, playing and laying on its back. "This is the cutest thing in the world," Trebony says, speaking to a woman off-camera. "Oh my gosh it's on its back," he says, urging her to come watch. "That is've got to see this."

Commenters on the videos express their amazement at Trebony's close encounter with the bear. "Offer him coffee and turn on the music," wrote one commenter. "I need to know where this cabin is so I can rent it," said another.

This incident isn't the first time a bear has been reported creating mischief in the Gatlinburg area. The town resides at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is known for its high population of black bears. According to The National Park Service, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is "one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings." The bears are considered highly dangerous and should be treated with caution—in fact, it is illegal to intentionally go within 150ft of a black bear while inside the park.

Black Bear With Cub
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is known for its high population of black bears. Loic Venance/Getty Images