Bear bounces along with boy at Nashville Zoo

Is the bear jumping for joy, playing copycat or something else entirely?

Whatever the answer, the video of a 5-year-old boy jumping on one side the glass while an Andean bear at the Nashville Zoo jumps on the other, has gone viral.

That after the boy’s father, Patrick Parker, shared the video online, which in turn has been watched and shared hundreds of thousands of times.

“Try to make him jump again,” Parker can be heard saying to Ian who is standing at the glassed-off exhibit.

And so, the bear does. The boy even taps on the glass (which is a no-no at zoos) by way of encouragement.

“That is so funny,” a woman can be heard saying off camera.

Media outlets around the world have picked up the story.

Parker telling ABC the jump session lasted 10 minutes.

Which has prompted squeals of delight.


But also, concern about wild animals in captivity and treatment of creatures in zoos.

Prompting zoo-goers and animals lovers to fight back.

For its part, the Nashville Zoo says its mission is “to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.”

Main photo Patrick Parker/Facebook

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