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Mama bear teaches her cub how to use the slide at North Carolina elementary school

A mother bear and a cub proved that elementary school pupils are not the only ones who can have fun in the playground.

Teachers at Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina, were stunned to see a mother bear and her cub playing on the outdoor jungle gym, rather than the usual crowds of young children.

Adorable footage, filmed on September 21, shows the bigger black bear teaching her cub how to use the playground slide.

Teachers at Isaac Dickson Elementary School were left stunned when they looked out the window at to see a mother bear and a cub playing on the jungle gym

At first the mother bear patiently waits at the top of the slide while the tiny cub makes its way up the steps to join her.

After pausing at the smaller slide, the brave cub makes its way up to the tallest slide to join its mother, who has already skidded down.

The group of teachers recording the moment laugh and shout ‘oh my god’ before they all scream in delight as they watch the mother play on the slide.

But the mother runs back towards the smaller slide and eagerly waits for the cub at the bottom, who nervously stands on the jungle gym.

Pretending to mimic the mother bear’s thoughts, one teacher hilariously says: ‘You can do this one honey, it’s the smaller one! You can do it!’

The cub finally plucks up the courage to slither down the slide and join its mother, who proudly embraces the tiny bear in a massive hug.

One teacher says: ‘Oh my gosh! That seriously just happened. Oh my god.’ 

Adorable footage, shared to social media on September 21, shows the black bear teaching her cub how to use the playground slide

Adorable footage, shared to social media on September 21, shows the black bear teaching her cub how to use the playground slide

The excited pair then continue to wrestle at the bottom of the jungle gym. 

Fourth grade teacher Betsie Stockslager Emry shared the footage to Facebook, captioned it: ‘This MADE MY DAY – playground at school… watch the whole thing!!

‘I love how the mama goes down the big slide and quickly runs to the smaller slide- only to bear hug the little one as they make it to the bottom.’ 

Commenting on the footage, on Facebook user wrote: ‘This is amazing! My kids LOVED watching this!!!’

Another said: ‘WOW!!!!!! Best playground in town’

A third penned: ‘My heart is exploding!’

And a fourth commented: ‘I’m done! That is the cutest thing ever.’

While a fifth said: ‘Betsie your video is so cute and I love your voices in the background.’ 

It’s not the first time bears have been caught using playground equipment in Asheville.

A family of bears were filmed last June invading a family’s garden to use their swing and slide set. 

The main focus of the bears’ attention was the slide with four of the cubs scrambling to see who could enjoy it first, while the mother bear watched on. 

Earlier this year, DJ Jody Flemming, 50, was performing to a livestream at home in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, when a bear came sniffing around outside his door

Earlier this year, DJ Jody Flemming, 50, was performing to a livestream at home in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, when a bear came sniffing around outside his door 

And a black bear caused quite the stir earlier this year when it interrupted DJ Jody Flemming as he livestreamed a set from his home in the Asheville mountains.  

In the footage, Flemming, 50, continues to mix at his decks unaware that a large bear is standing at the door behind him, with just the thin fly screen separating them.

After noticing a shadow, Mr Flemming turns around to open the door, believing a neighbour is standing there – only to discover the visitor is a bear.

He calmly shood the animal away and finished his set for his bemused fans.

Black bears are known to be more dangerous than brown bears and are more likely to attack humans if they encounter them in close quarters.

They are common in North Carolina, especially in coastal and mountain areas, and their numbers are rising across the United States, currently totalling around 300,000.


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