Stunned Campers Film Incredible Encounter With An Over-Friendly Bear Cub

A trio of friends showed bear-faced recklessness when they let a wild cub hang around their camp and even hug them – despite acknowledging that if its mother turned up they could be killed.

Bailey Johnson, who filmed the incredible encounter during a camping trip in West Virginia in mid-May, admitted that he and his friends’ decision to stay while the bear sniffed through their things was ‘on the verge of idiotic’ but added that he would not have changed the experience ‘for the world’.

In the clip, the inquisitive cub inspected the camping gear before becoming more and more confident, eventually jumping up at the men and seeming to hug them – leaving painful scratch marks on their backs.