20 Bears Who Think They’re People

From The Jungle Book’s Baloo to Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear, animations have often anthropomorphized ursine animals. But what happens when Mother Nature’s great grizzlies and prodigious pandas interact with people’s stuff?

Bears acting human, of course! This guy is obviously deeply enthralled with the latest copy of The Bear Times.

That’s a classic “caught-in-the-act” face if ever there was one. What could these sneaky mammals want with a boat? Maybe they’re going for a spot of fishing. Or maybe they just want a new shelter. Either way, we’ve never seen a more resourceful bear pair.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to unwind after a long day at the office. Unless you’re a bear, and you don’t go to an office. Then you’re just being lazy. Then again, we can’t imagine the last time this bear’s had anything nearly as comfortable as this to sit on.

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This precocious little panda looks like he enjoys horsing around. Can you imagine a park or playground full of these furry little guys? The cuteness levels would be off the charts.

Speaking of which… is this a father-son duo, taking some time out of the day to have a heart-to-heart, or just a couple of friends catching up on the latest gossip? Either way, pandas acting like people will never get boring.

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It’s said that the quickest way to a bear’s heart is through its stomach. And if this specimen is anything to go by, we’re not going to dispute that. All he needs now is a “World’s Greatest Chef” apron and hat.

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This guy’s taking teddy bear picnics to the next level. That expectant look on his face? Yeah, you don’t want to disappoint that. Best get some food, quick! After all, a hungry bear is an angry bear!

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This bear looks like the adventurous type, doesn’t he? Whatever his reason for stealing this jet-ski, we’d love to see what happens next. Now if only the owner left the key…

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This bear looks pretty angry at how long it’s taking to get served. Maybe he should call over the beartender. Sorry. Or maybe someone should just tell him that he’s not actually standing at a bar.

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We’ve all been there. Sometimes life just gets so unbearable that all you can do is sit in an inflatable plastic pool shaped like a giant version of your face.

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It says something about your social stature when you’re having to crowd into the back of a photograph thanks to a bear crashing your party. At least it’s his round.

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“You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen; Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambearine.” Even if Abba isn’t his first choice of song, this guy puts most humans to shame with his sweet dancing skills.

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Don’t pretend you’ve never stood on a balcony and contemplated the futility of human existence. Whether this bear’s thinking about his own species or the one he’s emulating, however, we’ll never know.

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“You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” Quite literally. These bears look like they’re enjoying themselves far too much. We might have to give them a moment.

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We’re not sure what this polar bear’s just laid eyes on, but whatever it is, it must be pretty cringeworthy. Why else would he be facepalming – sorry, facepawing? Yes, even bears get exasperated at times.

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Bears can play golf too! Or, you know, they can at least drive the golf cart. Well, they can sit in a golf cart. It’s basically like getting a hole in one! Okay, so maybe this guy just got confused when he heard Tiger Woods would be nearby.

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From the picture, you might think this bear just had the world’s greatest manicure. And those claws look dangerously beautiful.

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Introducing Steven Spielberg’s lesser-known, woodland-based cousin, Steven Spielbearg. He’s best known for classic films like Close Encounters of the Bear Kind, Raiders of the Lost Bear and E.B. the Extra-Bearestrial.

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This friendly fellow just wants to say hello. It’s probably a good idea to wave back if you ever see this in the wild; you wouldn’t want to upset a fully grown bear, would you?

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After a hard day playing the wonderful character that is a human being, there’s only one thing to do before your applauding audience: bow. Just like this bear’s about to. He’s a natural on the stage.

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