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.

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  • Waving Bear #1

  • Waving Bear #2

  • Waving Bear #3

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  • Waving Bear #7

    From a bear park in Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Waving Bear #8

  • Waving Bear #9

  • Waving Bear #10