A video of a waving bear has gone viral for the second time after it was recently featured on the national news. The bear, one of many residents at the Olympic Game Farm in Washington, can be seen waving back at visitors to the animal rescue facility.
If it weren’t for the fact that several different videos of this bear and his companions can be seen on YouTube, you’d think it was just a guy in a bear costume, frantically waving his giant paw at curious onlookers.
Filmed at the Olympic Game Farm a year ago, the video shows a woman sitting in a car waving at a 1000 pound bear who excitedly waves back. The bears at the park, mostly retired circus performers and former stars of the the big screen, have been conditioned to wave at visitors who often reward them with treats of bread.
The video grabbed the attention of Internet users after it was broadcast on several morning news programs this week. It saw an immediate spike in the number of views on YouTube and has nearly reached 3 million hits on the popular video-sharing web site.
The bear is one of many animal residents of the game park which are owned by Lloyd and Catherine Beebe, who retired from the film industry after 28 years of working exclusively for the Walt Disney Studios.
Beebe worked on a number of television and movie series' for Disney that included “Charlie the Lonesome Cougar”, “The Incredible Journey”, “White Wilderness” and “Grizzly Adams."
The Beebe's also rescue retired circus performers, along with abused, neglected, or abandoned animals who are no longer wanted by their owners. The Beebe family offers driving and walking tours at their Washington state operation but caution visitors that the bears may seem polite and friendly, but they are wild animals, with four inches claws, who are capable of killing when provoked.