Bear crawls into couple's trunk near Orlando

Bear crawls into couple's trunk near Orlando

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For a University of Central Florida student and his girlfriend, it was supposed to be a relaxing day renting a couple of inner tubes and doing a little tubing down Rock Springs.

Instead, there was a little more adventure than they'd planned for when a Florida black bear crawled in the trunk of their car.

"That was my first encounter with a bear, and I think I've had enough encounters with a bear for the rest of my life," said Jonathan Jenkins.

A bear sighting wasn't part of the inner tubing plans, but when they got to Rock Springs they heard people talking about wildlife.

"We hear people scream 'deer' and we go, 'cool, let's go check out the deer,'" Jenkins said. "We peek over the car and it turns out they actually said bear."

The bear was into some trash so Jenkins snapped some pictures, but something made the bear interested in the inner tube in his trunk.

The tube wouldn't let the lid latch. The couple jumped in the car as the bear closed in.

"I'm like, 'Where's the bear? Where's the bear?' And I'm checking all my mirrors and she goes, 'It's right behind your car, it's right behind your car,' and I feel the car move a little bit and 'It's in your car,'" Jenkins said. "And I look in my rear view mirror and in the gap between the car and my trunk I can see it's seriously in my car. I can see its face, it's looking at me."

A fellow park visitor took photos just before the bear made itself at home. Jenkins decided to make a move.

"I turned the car on and drive in reverse for a few feet with it in the trunk, and when I hit the brakes it got scared and jumped out," Jenkins said.

Off the bear went. Jenkins can't figure out why his trunk was so attractive, he didn't have any food with him. The next bear he wants to see?

"Maybe at a zoo, with a big gate in front of me," Jenkins said.

Earlier, as they were driving to the park, the couple saw a bear crossing sign and Jenkins' girlfriend had said, "Wow, I hope we see a bear!"

Jenkins said next time he hopes she wishes to see a million dollars.


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