Apparently in Russia, it is perfectly legal to transport a bear in the backseat of your sedan—as long as it has a seat belt on. Motorists in the Sverdlovsk Oblast region were shocked when they spotted a car with a bear poking its head out of the backseat, and a video recording of the incident was soon sent to local police. After talking with the driver however, authorities decided not to press charges since it seems that he did nothing wrong.

Be that as it may, the bear looked quite cramped.

As a surprise to almost nobody, professional bear trainers advised against this method of transport.

“If it was more than a year old it wouldn’t have fit in such a car and certainly wouldn’t have gone inside happily,” Julia Filatova, head of the famous Filatov circus, told the Daily Mail.

Having a large, hairy predator in your backseat could also prove to be a dangerous distraction. In the below video, you can see the driver attempting to placate it by feeding it treats while they’re on the road. Unfortunately for him, the bear also decided to munch on his hand a bit too.

https://youtu.be/9vhpRw6U1gc

 

Image screenshot of video by Остановите Землю on YouTube

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