Earlier this week, Sumer Walser Williams and her husband were woken up by a nosy visitor at their North Carolina home. It was a baby bear.
“We heard clanging outside our bedroom window that backs up to our front deck,” Williams told The Dodo. “Sure enough, when I put the front deck lights on, there was a cub at the front door.”
Williams and her husband couldn’t believe their eyes: the curious cub stood upright and started peeking through their window. But they weren’t mad at him for making a racket at the crack of dawn. On the contrary, the couple was delighted and intrigued.
But not everyone was pleased by the baby pushing boundaries. Soon, the cub’s mom joined him on the deck, scolding her little baby for invading people’s privacy.
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Williams herself is a parent to two young children. Seeing the way mama bear reacted to her misbehaving cub, the woman completely understood her.
“It was so relatable,” Williams said. “That’s my daily experience with my own children. I think that’s what made the video so great. It showed that some aspects of parenting are uniform across species.”
If she was to describe what the bear could’ve told her cub, Williams said it would probably be something along the lines of, “I have told you a hundred times not to bother people.”
Williams captured the memorable moment on video
Image credits: Sumer Walser Williams
It looks like the little cub understood the lesson because the bears soon wandered off into the darkness, leaving Williams and her husband a memory they will be able to tell — and show! — their grandkids about.
“These visits are just reminders that we are just as much guests in their homes as they are to ours,” Williams said.