By Katy Gill
This holidaying family of bears that have been claiming a Californian family’s house as their summer home for the past 10 YEARS.
During that time Christine Downs and her family have captured the ever-growing family frolicking in a hot tub, cooling off using sprinklers and even eating leftover takeout food.
Over the last decade, the 400-plus-pound animals have often accessed the garage, attempted to open the back door, and even tormented the family’s pet dogs
The most recent footage of the group kicking of summer in the Downs’ hot tub was filmed at the beginning of May, at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, California, USA.
Christine and her family have become so familiar with the seemingly harmless visitors, they have to regularly remind themselves that they’re facing wild animals that could lash out at any time.
One of the largest bears has been nicknamed Bacon by the family, and having seen the group visit for the past decade – in summer every single day – the Downs’ have also taken footage of their variety of interactions.
Christine said: “The bears have attended our house for the past 10 years, and in the summer they come by every single day.
“We have become so used to them being around that we have to be careful not to forget that they are wild animal and can attack at any moment.
“Also keeping an eye on our dogs to ensure they don’t get too playful with the cubs under the mother bear’s watchful eye.
“My children have grown up seeing them return every summer.
“A few years ago, my son threw a house party whilst we were away and left the garbage out by the BBQ grill – a momma bear and her two cubs stopped by and found it, and once they had finished making a mess with that, they took little dip in the pool.
“It’s one thing when you go out of town and your kids have a party, it’s another when you go out of town and your bears have a party.
“I have caught them all in different predicaments over the years – one gave me a fright when he pushed passed me getting out of the garage, another pair seemed extremely embarrassed when I caught them mating on the porch, ducking their heads and running away.
“Every year, it’s been truly wonderful watching the bear cubs throughout the summer grow bigger and bigger.
“There has been one bear in particular that we have named ‘Bacon’ – we recognize him because he is so large, now I love when he visits because I feel like I know him well after all these years.”