Today, not so much, thanks to this 7-second video that's currently doing the rounds on the email forwarding circuit, showing a grizzly bear casually waving back at a little girl in a car.
It's been reported that the footage was taken in an animal park in Washington called the "Olympic Game Farm" - a sanctuary known for taking in one-time animal performers and giving them a good home.
Perhaps that's the reason why this kodiak bear is so friendly, almost looking like he recognises the little girl before affectionately lifting a paw in her direction.
By us, it's the casual, sitting-down pose the bear is pulling off that makes it - he's just some bear, you know? Some bear who likes waving at little girls. The way all bears should, frankly.
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