Tree-hugging is one thing, but these bears have taken it to a whole 'nother level.

In this rather amusing footage captured in the forests of Alberta, Canada, we get an inside look at how some apex predators behave when they think no one is watching. What starts out innocently enough as one bear relieving itself of an itch against a tree, soon turns into an all-out back-scratching party as others arrive to join in on the action.

Despite their reputation as territorial hot-heads, bears in the wild actually possess a complex social structure that can make them seem downright charming. Meeting around a prized scratching post for some much-needed itch relief offers the animals an opportunity to familiarize themselves, easing tension while forming important kinship bonds. Plus, who doesn't love a good scratch?

Sometimes, bears will even help each other out with those hard-to-reach places.

According to the Alberta Parks service, in addition to capturing video of bears bumping and grinding, these camera traps are helping to assess the health and distribution of wildlife in the area with minimal impact on the animals themselves. And while there's plenty to be gleaned from such footage on that front, it's also just nice to know that bears are having a good time.


Responses to "Forest cam captures bears' secret back-scratching party (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    That tree must be very well rooted. One would think with the weight of all those bears it would be uprooted, or broken in some way.Perhaps the bears actually have a sense of how much pressure to put on it.

  2. Unknown says:

    There is a lot of activity in this area. So the camera was very well placed. I loved the video. The tree served all the bears back scratching without bending or breaking. What a Party!


  4. Anonymous says:

    several other animals sniffed the tree. Was it sprayed with something ?

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  6. Unknown says:

    what a wonderful way to start my day! I was tickled so much, that I had to laugh out loud! it is amazing to see so many bears together, using the same scratching tree. they are usually pretty territorial. the one looked like he had taken lessons from a "pole dancer"!

  7. Anonymous says:

    GREAT :)))

  8. Anonymous says:

    what state was this taken????

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful! So nice to see bears enjoying themselves and - most importantly - alive!
    Sick of seeing idiots with guns posing with a bear carcass they killed.
    Thanks so much for posting!

  10. JoAnne DeSimone says:

    That was great, they were so happy and enjoying themselves. I wish they along with other wildlife and not allowed to be murdered. So sad.

  11. Unknown says:

    where was this taken, anyone know?

  12. Unknown says:

    It was in Alberta Canada.

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