06/08/2011 05:44 pm ET | Updated Nov 15, 2011

Florida Bear Hot For Hot Tubs, Not Pic-A-Nic Baskets

Yogi Bear loves hunting for pic-a-nic baskets, but a large black bear in Longwood, Florida, was more interested in a relaxing soak in a hot tub.

The bear recently showed up in the backyard of Jenny Sue Rhoades, who was sitting on her couching watching TV when the incident happened, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Rhoades is used to seeing bears walking through her backyard, but she says she was a little freaked out when this one walked through her screen "like it was made of butter."

"I should have yelled at him for leaving dirty paw prints around the spa," Rhoades told "I went in my office and I got my camera, by the time I came back out his nose was pushed up against the screen."

First , he put his mouth in her spa, then a paw and finally he just jumped in.


"I think he was hot and thirsty," Rhoades said. "It looked like he knew what he was doing. He had been in a pool or spa before, there's no doubt in my mind," she said.

Rhoades says the bear spent about two or three minutes in the spa until she scared him away by banging on a table.

She says she wasted no time scaring the bear away because she didn't want him to get used to using her spa and she didn't want him to leave "a package" behind.

At that point, he got out of the spa and left through the hole he had made in the screen.

Florida wildlife officials tell that there is a female bear and cubs in the area near the Rhoades home, and they've been too elusive to trap.


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