13/04/2012 05:50 BST | Updated 01/06/2012 06:25 BST

Texting Man Surprised By Giant Bear (VIDEO)

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.