A bear licks a woman sitting on her porch in Quesnel, BC
Melanie Porter’s life has been a bit busier than usual since Thursday night.
On Sunday, the Quesnel, BC resident pushed CTV News Vancouver into what has become a busy interview schedule in recent days.
“I didn’t expect it to get so viral,” she said, before launching into another account of the surprise encounter she had on her porch that night.
“I’m just sitting outside, smoking a cigarette, and it was just really dark in my front yard,” Porter said.
“I’m on my cell phone. My cell phone is really bright. And just a little, in the corner of my eye, I see something dark with eyes. I thought it was just one of the local cats in the neighborhood. And when it got into my peripheral vision, (it was) something bigger. I looked and it was a bear. “
The bear was already very close. Too close for Porter to walk away cautiously. She chose to stay still and try to stay calm.
The animal looked around, sniffed Porter, and licked his hand.
“I was so shocked,” she said. “I was shocked that it was a bear, to begin with, and that it came up to me and I was just in shock, stunned.”
“And then he came in for a second lick, but his mouth was a little more open, and I was like, ‘Oh no. No. It’s not happening.'”
She brought her hand closer to her body, and it seemed to surprise the bear. He stepped back and stood up on his hind legs.
At that point, she took a photo, which she later realized was actually a very short video.
“My phone was already on and off and it was like, ‘Nobody’s going to believe this happened,’” Porter said. “It was just, ‘OK, I’m going to take a picture, and if he comes back and I die, we’ll at least find out who’s to blame.'”
Of course, Porter is not dead. She shared the video online and quickly received interview requests from local newspapers and TV stations.
The message she would like to share with her unexpected notoriety? Be aware of the bear.
“I probably should have been careful with my surroundings,” she said. “It could have been a lot worse. Just because this little bear was nice doesn’t mean they’re all nice. Just be careful of your surroundings.”