Black bear caught soaking in Gatlinburg, TN hot tub

A black bear cub in Gatlinburg, TN decided to take a little “me” time and lounge in a hot tub before getting back to more traditional bear duties. Hannah Strickland and her boyfriend had rented a cabin in Gatlinburg for the weekend and were surprised when they looked outside the rental window and saw three bear cubs wandering about. They were even more surprised when one of the cubs jumped into the hot tub for a quick soak. When the cubs left the area, Strickland’s boyfriend put the cover on the hot tub and the bears did not return. Wildlife officials remind the public to never feed or approach bears. If you are approached by a bear stand your ground, yell and try to scare the bear away by throwing sticks or rocks. Never run from a bear. If a black bear attacks, fight back and do not play dead.