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VIDEO: California bear cools off in backyard swimming pool amid heatwave 

The video shows the bear relaxing in a jacuzzi-like pool, taking in the beautiful views from the hillside house

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July 31, 2023 9:14am

Updated: July 31, 2023 9:14am

A California bear cooled off amid an intense heatwave by jumping into someone’s backyard pool on Friday afternoon, authorities said. 

Police responded to a report of a bear sighting in a residential neighborhood near the Vergudo Mountains on Friday. However, they weren’t prepared for the scene they encountered.

“This bear is beating the heat in Burbank,” the police department said in a post on Twitter, sharing the video of the surprising visitor. 

“Officers are on-scene after the bear was spotted in a hillside neighborhood before taking a dip to cool off,” the post continues. 

The video shows the bear relaxing in a jacuzzi-like pool, taking in the beautiful views from the hillside house. After spending some time in the water, the bear climbed over the home’s wall and disappeared behind a tree behind the home, police said in a statement.  

The bear, like mostly everyone in the United States at the moment, was most likely seeking to refresh itself from the intense heat. That day, temperatures reached a high of 92 degrees. 

California has spent most of July under heat advisories after record-breaking temperatures have spread across the region. Many areas in the southwest, which are experiencing a heat dome, faced triple-digit temperatures for more than two weeks straight. 

 However, forecasters say that the warm weather is expected to become more bearable in the coming days. By Tuesday, forecasts have the temperatures in the hottest areas falling into the high 80s and lower 90s. 

The Burbank police department has issued several warnings urging residents to keep away from bears when spotted and to keep their garbage and food locked up to keep the bears away from their homes. 

According to the guidelines provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, if a bear is spotted do not run. Instead, face the animal and make noise.