Video: Blue-headed Black Bear Spotted in Canada


We’ve seen a lot of bears in a lot of different colors, but we’ve never seen a blue-headed black bear before. What makes it more interesting is just how vibrant the blue is, almost like a dye pack exploded in the bear’s face after a bungled bank robbery. According to, this video was taken by Aaron Smith on Tuesday night near Silvermore Lake in British Columbia. When he sent the video to wildlife officials, they were just as confused as he was.

One thing they were sure of is that the blue color was not natural. In fact, the dye pack theory isn’t too far off from what experts believe happened.

“Biologists took a look at the photo, and they think the most likely scenario is the bear bit into a can of spray paint and got sprayed. Bears will often chew on containers they find,” said Greig Beithel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Officials say the bear should be fine and the color will wear off eventually. No plans are being made to find or capture the bear for a cleaning.

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