Patrick Parker and his five-year-old son Ian frequent the Nashville Zoo, but he's never before witnessed his boy engaging in an extended game of copycat with an Andean bear until their most recent trip.
Inside the water filled exhibit, the curious bear splashed into the pool and waded its way over to the leaping boy and joined him for a 10-minute, tandem jump-fest.
Take a break and watch this if your soul needs some soothing (and even if it doesn't). https://t.co/wYP7sXoaM5— Marsha Lederman (@Marsha Lederman) 1528931187.0
The pair separated by glass was united in their playful encounter as the bear continued mimicking Ian's airborne feat.
Many people adored the cute interaction of Mowgli and Baloo-incarnates playing out in the video.
@marshalederman This is so damn adorable.— Jimmy Thomson (@Jimmy Thomson) 1528931264.0
@marshalederman Beautiful. Innocent fun.— Eileen Lindburg (@Eileen Lindburg) 1528940780.0
Is Ian the bear-whisperer? This encounter is unprecedented.
This is pretty much what I hope for every time I'm at the zoo or aquarium, never been as lucky as this little dude. https://t.co/A1Pnn1vGep— Josh Knight (@Josh Knight) 1528927939.0
@ABC 😉 https://t.co/o12TKKyRNL— Felichia Eaton (@Felichia Eaton) 1528926968.0
@FelichiaEaton @drgenius1970 @ABC That’s what it’s all about..— Luciferrin (@Luciferrin) 1528968426.0
Reaching for Friday like ... https://t.co/kSAcMkIObv— Adriana Pratt (@Adriana Pratt) 1528928769.0
Others, however, overlooked the cuteness.
@marshalederman Poor bear god bless this bears soul this bear is making the best of the situation. I wish we didn’t… https://t.co/unhnBMaeBN— Anita (@Anita) 1528944788.0
@ABC @michellemalkin that bear wants to eat him.— JoshiQ (@JoshiQ) 1528926550.0
It didn't take long for a debate against animals in captivity to ignite.
@PoesLilHelper @NYNURSE10550 @ABC Animals in captivity have a lesser life expectancy, than when free. It cuts their… https://t.co/mpvfhEMcZV— Nikita 🔥 (@Nikita 🔥) 1528933522.0
@BrunetteBunny20 @PoesLilHelper @NYNURSE10550 @ABC He’s completely right. Use google. Zoos aren’t sea world. Zoolog… https://t.co/L7uI8SclUs— Dallas Hammer (@Dallas Hammer) 1528936113.0
Still, paws down, this video is pretty darn cute, and most people viewed it as a welcome reprieve from other negative news headlines in the world.
@ABC Nice!! What a beautiful boy and a gorgeous bear! 💜— fanny duarte (@fanny duarte) 1528936706.0
@ABC Thanks for making my day, @ABC. This is great. 😉👍— Danny Brassell, PhD (@Danny Brassell, PhD) 1528933385.0
@ABC Well that is just amazing! and lovely and thank you— mspjh (@mspjh) 1528927541.0
@marshalederman @olivaki Hahaaaa! We’re all God’s creation— shadreck dianna (@shadreck dianna) 1528990179.0