A Mexican mother was seen on video protecting her cub from a young bear that had crashed the boy’s birthday party, jumped on their picnic table and devoured their food inches from their faces.
The family was eating their meal at Chipinque Park in San Pedro Garza García, located on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey, when the bear decided to join their party.
The video shows the mother holding her teenage son and shielding his face as the pair sit perfectly still while the bear devours their tacos and enchiladas.
The mother, identified as Silvia Macías of Mexico City, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that they were celebrating her son Santiago’s 15th birthday. She said Santiago has Down syndrome and was concerned that his reaction to the bear might cause the animal to attack.
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“The worst thing was that Santiago might be afraid,” Macías said. “Santiago is very afraid of animals, a cat or a dog, any animal scares him a lot.”
“That’s why I covered his eyes, because I didn’t want him to see it and scream or run,” she continued. “I was afraid that if he was scared or screamed or startled the bear, that the bear would react.”
When asked if he was scared, Santiago told the agency, “Yes, very much.”
However, mother and son’s plan to stay still seemed to work, as the bear seemed more interested in eating the birthday meal than the people at the picnic table.
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Macías’ friend Angela Chapa recorded the encounter and helped eventually lead the bear away from the table.
The friend held up an enchilada in a Styrofoam container and caught the bear’s attention. The video shows him throwing the container away from the table. The bear followed the food and left the family alone.
Macías and Santiago were then able to retreat slowly while the bear was distracted.
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The family didn’t let the scary encounter end the celebration, quickly replacing Santiago’s birthday tacos that the bear had devoured, the report said.