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Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
Photo: China Photos/Getty Images

Black bear frolics in Gatlinburg cabin’s hot tub

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A black bear decided to take the plunge and enjoy the water in a hot tub Thursday night at the Gatlinburg tourist site, WBIR reported.

Elizabeth Strickland sent photographs to the television station, writing that “I just had to share with y’all. I was in that same seat 14 hours ago!”

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The bear wasn’t shy either, climbing into the hot tub and frolicking in the water, WBIR reported.

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Strickland said there were three cubs that also played before leaving, the television station reported.

As cute as the sight must have been, wildlife officials caution tourists to be wary of the bears. 

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