See a Bear Crash a 2-Year-Old’s Suburban Birthday Party – CNET

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon in West Hartford, Connecticut, when a bear ambled in to crash a 2-year old’s birthday party. But thankfully, the fluffy black brute came in peace. It wasn’t after the kids — just the cupcakes. 

Recalling the shocking incident that occurred on Sept 4., Laura Majidian, mother of birthday boy Cyrus, told local station WTNH News she noticed the bear come out of the woods mid-festivities, and promptly started grabbing children by the “armful” to get them to safety. 

At the time, Cyrus and his friends were in the middle of dancing to music and running around — you know, classic birthday party shenanigans.

“All the grownups, we were screaming at the bear,” Rauf Majidian, Cyrus’ father, told HLN’s Weekend Express. But, as Majidian puts it, “he wasn’t fazed.”

Nope. The gentle giant instead tiptoed over to the picnic table, where a tiered cupcake tray was located, then started chowing down on the sweets — and in a rather dignified manner, if you ask me. The family told NBC Connecticut the bear dipped into the bagels and lox as well. Rauf Majidian posted video of the incident to Facebook.  

Watch the video here. 

Though this particular friendly bear interaction appears to be an isolated incident for the Majidian family, Laura Majidian said such bear sightings aren’t uncommon in her neighborhood. “Sometimes we have one in the early morning, like on trash day,” she said. “Two nights after the party, I saw the bear when we were going out for a walk.”

This year alone, in fact, there have been more than 8,000 bear sightings in Connecticut, according to a wildlife sightings map from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, or DEEP. 

And the animals’ presence appears to be on the rise in the state, but why? One part of the equation might be climate change, a crisis that’s exacerbated by human activities such as burning coal for energy. 

On the note of food hunting, DEEP says “climatic factors, such as drought, may result in a food shortage, causing bears to travel many miles in search of food.” Normally, the division describes black bears as generally shy, secretive and fearful of humans, but if these animals find food around, says “they can lose their fear of humans.”

Now, per WTNH News, the Majidian family is worried their recent experience could represent “the new normal.” Though on the bright side, DEEP also says that black bears are “seldom aggressive toward humans, even when cubs are present.”

“A little scared, I’m a little freaked out,” Laura Majidian said, “but everyone was safe.” 

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By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.