Sep. 5, 2023, 11:25 p.m. ET
What a party animal!
A three-legged bear who wanted to join in on the Labor Day weekend festivities was caught swiping White Claws from a Floridian family’s outdoor fridge.
Shocking video shows the black bear — affectionately known in the neighborhood as “Tripod” — nonchalantly sauntering Sunday across the screened-in patio in Lake Mary, a city roughly 20 miles north of Orlando.
Joseph Diglio, 13, was watching TV inside the home when the family’s dog, Bruno, erupted into chaotic barking.
“This is, like, once in a lifetime …” the astounded teenager can be heard saying in footage he snapped on his cellphone shared with WESH.
“There’s a literal bear in our patio … Oh my God, I’ve never been this close to a bear.”
Tripod slowly crept across the lanai, sniffing out potential grub the family might have left out.
He settled on fish food that the Diglios left next to their fish tank before heading to the bar.
“He just opened the door!” Diglio exclaimed gleefully.
Tripod, the three-legged bear, ripped a hole through the family’s lanai screen.Courtesy of Faneite-Diglio family
“He’s about to take the beer. There ain’t no food in there buddy.”
Tripod, however, seemed perfectly happy with the drink selection at the Diglio household.
“He took three White Claws, drank, and left very happy. His favorite flavor is mango and strawberry,” Joseph’s mother Josaury Faneite-Diglio told the outlet.
Tripod was able to open the bar’s fridge door, swiping three White Claws from inside.Courtesy of Faneite-Diglio family
Tripod drank three White Claws in the flavors strawberry and mango.WESH 2
Ultimately, Bruno’s barking scared off Tripod, who left the way he came — through a hole he ripped through the family’s screen.
According to Joseph, it’s the second time a bear has done so.
“Just part of living where we live, honestly,” he said.
Joseph Diglio caught the entire encounter on video.WESH 2
Faneite-Diglio said that Tripod is a well-liked member of their Seminole Country neighborhood.
“I was not scared because we know the bear really well. He lives here; we respect their habitat as much as we can.”