Here in Britain, stories of 600lb bears strolling down the street are relatively unheard of - but in California, well, occasionally some pretty crazy bear-based capers can happen.
Just take a look at this poor mobile phone owner, happily walking and texting his way out of his Los Angeles home when suddenly - boom! - there's a bear staring at him.
Cue a swift about turn and the glare of the international media as his understandably scaredy-cat actions are caught on camera by a nearby news helicopter.
If only he'd paid attention to the bear warning that had been issued, eh? Poor fella. To make him feel better, here's a video gallery of some far more friendly bears waving at people - lovely stuff.
Waving Bear #1
Waving Bear #2
Waving Bear #3
Waving Bear #4
Waving Bear #5
Waving Bear #6
Waving Bear #7
From a bear park in Hokkaido, Japan.
Waving Bear #8
Waving Bear #9
Waving Bear #10