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This is the hilarious moment two wild bears started playing with a football that they nabbed from a group of children, before running away with it.
The mother bear and her offspring were lurking by a thicket of trees in Sukigaon, in the Nabarangpur district of eastern India, when children accidentally kicked the ball near them while playing a village football match.
Incredible video footage, taken on September 12, shows the two black bears deciding to have some fun of their own after stealing the ball from the children.
A mother bear and her offspring stole a football from a group of children who were playing a match in Sukigaon, in the Nabarangpur district of eastern India on September 12
In the clip, the mother bear proves she has hidden talents as a footballer as she dribbles the ball, chases it around and throws it in the air with her teeth.
The cub chases her and desperately tries to tackle her but fails to seize the ball from its agile mother, who begins tearing at the ball with her teeth.
After playing with the ball for almost a minute, the mother puts it in her mouth and makes a run for it, disappearing off into the cluster of trees, closely followed by her cub.
Watching from afar, the children manage to track down the wild black bears again and find them wrestling next to a pathway.
After playing with the ball for almost a minute, the mother puts the ball in her mouth and makes a run for it, disappearing off into the cluster of trees, closely followed by her cub
It is not known whether the amateur footballers were able to retrieve their football from the playful bears, or whether they had to accept defeat and abandon the match.
The local forest department said playing with the ball would have come as an instinct to the black bears.
A divisional forest officer told First Post: ‘They examine and try to find out the nature of any object that they find for the first time.’