Narrow escape from bears for visitors at Beijing wildlife park

A black bear standing on its hind legs and reaching into the car at Badaling Wildlife World park.
A black bear standing on its hind legs and reaching into the car at Badaling Wildlife World park.PHOTO: JENNIFERSALVATORE/WEIBO
A sign on the gate of the bears' enclosure informing visitors to close their windows and lock their doors.
A sign on the gate of the bears' enclosure informing visitors to close their windows and lock their doors. PHOTO: JENNIFERSALVATORE/WEIBO

Visitors driving through a wildlife park in China got a little too close for comfort when a black bear tried to enter their car.

Pictures posted on Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo on Monday (Feb 27) show two bears standing on their hind legs, with one reaching its paws into the rear window of a white car at Badaling Wildlife World park.

The user, who only identified herself as "Wang", said that a child was in the back seat at the time, reported the South China Morning Post.

She added that the car remained stationary until park staff instructed the driver over a loudspeaker to drive away.

It is not known why the window was rolled down slightly.

Ironically, a sign visible near the car reads: "Treasure your life, do not leave the car."

Another photo shows a sign on the gate of the enclosure, which informs visitors to close their windows and lock their doors.

This incident comes on the back of a woman's death at the same park last July, after she tried to save her daughter who had ventured out of the car in a tigers' enclosure.

The woman was mauled to death, while her daughter was attacked but managed to survive.