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Bear Goes Joyriding in Family's Prius (VIDEO)
The Stir ^ | September 7, 2011 at 10:32 PM | Julie Ryan Evans

Posted on 09/08/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Unlike most, the McCarthy family from California actually has some vacation pictures and a story that someone else may find interesting. While they were sleeping at their Lake Tahoe cabin, they heard the horn of their Toyota Prius start honking. Roused from a deep sleep, they saw a bunch of activity going on inside the vehicle with "fuzzy arms flailing," and heard grunting noises coming from it. Shortly thereafter, their car was gone.

No it wasn't a bunch of crazy hairy thieves or wild teenagers out looking for a ride, but rather a black bear who somehow entered and got stuck in the car. At some point during his adventure, he put the car into drive and off he went down the family's driveway, across a street, and finally into a neighbor's deck. He only traveled less than 80 feet in all, but the damage he did during his adventure was massive. Here the family talks about how the bear pretty much ate the entire car.

That car is completely totaled. I know bears are fierce, but that's incredible. “It totally ripped every recognizable piece of the interior out,” their son Dylan McCarthy told the Sierra Sun. “It was not even recognizable as a vehicle.”

The poor bear must have been terrified. At that hour in the morning, it was likely too dark for anyone to see, but can you imagine seeing a bear in a car driving past you? When the car finally rolled to a stop, a door must have popped open and the bear made a clean getaway, because by the time police arrived, they found only the shell of the car. While police labeled the incident a crime, there is no warrant for the bear's arrest.

The family says there was no food in the car at the time, it was completely closed up, and they have no idea how he got in there in the first place. In any case, if this story isn't a "beary" (sorry) good reminder to always lock your car doors, I don't know what is.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballet; bear; prius
Does a bear (Prius) in the woods?

I guess so.

1 posted on 09/08/2011 8:23:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Black bears are starting to get really active in the Sierra right now.


2 posted on 09/08/2011 8:26:03 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That was a Far Side cartoon played out.


3 posted on 09/08/2011 8:27:09 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Responsibility2nd

Was it a polar bear?...............


4 posted on 09/08/2011 8:27:53 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
VIDEO
5 posted on 09/08/2011 8:28:53 AM PDT by BullDog108 ("There is no way to refudiate her strategery, so they misunderestimate her.")
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To: Deaf Smith

Actually it’s from a Three Stooges episode where they go hunting to calm Moe’s nerves. The bear does signal for a left turn before driving into a tree.


6 posted on 09/08/2011 8:29:51 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sorry, not interested in Urban Hillbilly Prius story.


7 posted on 09/08/2011 8:30:01 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL!!


8 posted on 09/08/2011 8:30:00 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Responsibility2nd

9 posted on 09/08/2011 8:30:45 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

10 posted on 09/08/2011 8:31:20 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve heard of brown bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and even sun bears ... but never a green bear!


11 posted on 09/08/2011 8:35:36 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Was the lady REALLY poking around in the fridge behind the reporter while he was on camera?

Couldn’t she wait to start supper?


12 posted on 09/08/2011 8:37:55 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Responsibility2nd

Da Bears.


13 posted on 09/08/2011 8:39:00 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not only will they eat you, they’ll steal your car, too.


14 posted on 09/08/2011 8:41:09 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I know from experience that bears enjoy(?) tearing up upholstery.

We went hunting last year and had to leave the 4-wheelers on a ridge while we hunted in some swamp below.

We came back and EVERY ONE of the seven vehicles had their seats torn to shreds by a bear.


15 posted on 09/08/2011 8:42:28 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
So we are to believe that prius’s don't have common anti theft steering and shift lever locks?
16 posted on 09/08/2011 8:43:03 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: massgopguy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35KBr_ksmSM
Yep, at the 7:30 mark he signals left.


17 posted on 09/08/2011 8:43:23 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Responsibility2nd

This bear was definitely a “green” hater. No respect for that Prius, at all.


18 posted on 09/08/2011 8:43:50 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

This may be cosmic justice, or “social justice” working in front of our very eyes.

Assuming the owners are liberals, and as we know they are from California AND because they chose a Prius which a wild predatory beast trashed their car, such an occurrence can best be understood as Divine manifestation of:
“G*d disapproves of California, Prius driving Liberals.”

One can so hope, can’t one?


19 posted on 09/08/2011 8:48:48 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: GladesGuru

I left early one dark morning for a horseshow. I had a bag of feed in my Honda stationwagon and opened the rear hatch to get it. I didn’t realize my black dog had jumped in the car. I closed the hatch door and left. When I got back my dog had totaled the inside of my car. He was in there about twelve hours. Fortunately, the insurance company paid for everything. I just especially remember my THEN husband’s comment...”look at the car”. Actually, it was his fault for not checking on the dog all day!


20 posted on 09/08/2011 9:35:16 AM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Responsibility2nd

A black bear? More discriminatory news articles! What about Republican bears? They’re really bad.


21 posted on 09/08/2011 11:57:20 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


22 posted on 09/08/2011 1:38:38 PM PDT by nutmeg (...just another terrorist, SOB tea-partyin' Hobbit)
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To: Red Badger
Was it a polar bear?...............

More likely a bipolar bear.

23 posted on 09/08/2011 1:56:48 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Cowgirl

Had that occurred in FloriDUH, it would have been “animal abuse” and a jail sentence would be likely. Make that a sure thing if they knew you were a conservative.


24 posted on 09/08/2011 2:25:08 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: Erasmus

LOL!!!......Good one!..............


25 posted on 09/08/2011 2:26:02 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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