A very thirsty Canadian black bear broke into a woman’s car, damaging the vehicle and absolutely destroying several cases of soda that she had been storing inside the car.
Sharon Rosel, the car’s owner, said that the incident occurred on the night of April 13th — and she was alerted to the bear’s presence when her dogs began barking at 3 a.m., waking her. When she looked out the window, she saw that the bear had shattered her car window and was happily drinking the sodas, one can at a time.
Rosel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that, over the course of the next 90 minutes, the bear used its teeth to work its way through 69 cans of Orange Crush, root beer, and cola — and only slowed down when it got to the diet soda.
Rosel went on to say that she had attempted to drive the bear off — first by throwing cold water on it from the balcony above, and then by alternately threatening it and attempting to reason with it.
“You could hear him, slurping it the whole time,” Rosel said, adding, “I explained to him how important the car was and that I had to go to work the next morning. That didn’t seem to affect him whatsoever.”
“Then I tried psyching him out by telling him I was a bear hunter. That didn’t do anything either, so I had to stand by and just watch him devour my car,” she continued.
In addition to drinking 69 of the 72 cans of soda Rosel was keeping in the car, the bear managed to break one of the window rollers and tear up the vehicle’s white leather interior. “Of course, white leather interior goes really good with orange Crush,” Rosel joked.
Noting that she had been raised around bears, she said that she had never known them to be able to smell soft drinks through the aluminum packaging.
“I’ve been around bears since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I have never seen them go after pop,” she said.