Skip to comments.Bear Goes Joyriding in Family's Prius (VIDEO)
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.
I guess so.
Black bears are starting to get really active in the Sierra right now.
That was a Far Side cartoon played out.
Was it a polar bear?...............
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.
Sorry, not interested in Urban Hillbilly Prius story.
I’ve heard of brown bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and even sun bears ... but never a green bear!
Was the lady REALLY poking around in the fridge behind the reporter while he was on camera?
Couldn’t she wait to start supper?
Not only will they eat you, they’ll steal your car, too.
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.
Yep, at the 7:30 mark he signals left.
This bear was definitely a “green” hater. No respect for that Prius, at all.
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?
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!