This is the incredible moment a man tickled the feet of an orphaned grizzly bear, whom he saved and befriended.
Casey Anderson, National Geographic TV host, naturalist, filmmaker, and founder of Montana Grizzly Encounter, introduced a grizzly named Bella.
He’s been spending a lot of time with the rescued bear cub, and apparently, one thing he’s discovered is that she loves being tickled on her paws.
Bella was found alone in the Alaskan wilderness; she was defenseless, with no mother’s protection, she clearly needed to be rescued.
She was taken to the sanctuary that Anderson established, and so he took her in and began to take care of her.
Once she was safe in the sanctuary and settled down, Anderson began building a strong bond with the adorable grizzly bear.
And the video above of Anderson tickling her feet is a clear sign that bonding seems to have gone well.
In the video, you can see Bella playfully putting her mouth on Anderson’s hand, and they move around, Anderson talking to her like she was talking to a small child.
You can also see some techniques he used to get Bella to respect him, which is very important for an animal like a grizzly bear.
As heartwarming to witness as a sweet grizzly bear enjoys being tickled on its paws, Anderson’s videos have a much deeper and more important mission.
The sanctuary is not only a safe place for bears like Bella, but it also hopes to educate people to help alleviate some of the fear surrounding these animals.
In another, longer video, you can see Anderson recounting his extraordinary long-term relationship with another bear cub he found more than ten years ago, Brutus.