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Snowboarder chased by a bear... or was she ?

Posted on Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 | Comment icon 41 comments

Was the woman in the video really being chased by a bear ? Image Credit: YouTube / Kelly Murphy
A new viral video appears to show oblivious snowboarder Kelly Murphy being pursued by a large bear.
Murphy, who at the beginning of the video can be seen preparing for her downhill run at the Hakuba 47 ski resort in Japan, seemed to have no idea that the bear was charging towards her in the background just as she started descending the slope.

Unaware of the danger, Murphy merrily hummed a Rihanna song while utterly oblivious to the ominous growls of her pursuer as it charged after her down the hill.

It wasn't until she reviewed the footage later that she realized the extent of her close shave.

But is everything really as it seems ? For one, the bear's growls seem oddly distinct and the rushing wind sounds overly quiet given that the video is being recorded while racing down a snowy slope.

Another issue is that while black bears do represent a problem in Japan at certain times of the year, the animal in the video looks like a brown bear - a species not found on the country's mainland.

So is the footage real or could the whole thing be some sort of viral hoax ? You decide.

Source: Evening Standard | Comments (41)

Tags: Snowboard, Bear

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by Merc14 on 19 April, 2016, 1:52
Asiatic black bear
Comment icon #33 Posted by Eldorado on 19 April, 2016, 2:53
She bearly escaped And wouldn't have if not for the bear pause.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Aftermath on 19 April, 2016, 17:39
Asiatic black bear Baar don't look a-shun... fool.
Comment icon #35 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 19 April, 2016, 22:58
It's funny, to me it doesn't look real at all, it's so clearly CGI that I'm surprised it's still up for discussion. It's funny how people perceive things.
Comment icon #36 Posted by stevemagegod on 21 April, 2016, 3:48
I believe this is real. If she noticed the Bear she would have been freaking the **** out and then most likely losing control and then she would have been mauled by the bear. When "People are in the Zone" listening to Music or Singing to themselves some become completely oblivious to there surroundings. Example American Drivers. Hundreds of Car Accidents are caused every year in America because of this scenario. People forget that they are behind the wheel of a car and then **** hits the fan. In this case being obvlious saved this person's life. It might have been possible that the Bear notice... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Skulduggery on 21 April, 2016, 16:09
Going off memory here as I remember watching the footage in question when it first made the rounds and don't care to watch again, but the bear itself looks real. Problem is (giant, excrutiatingly long em dash) it looks TOTALLY added into the footage. There are many little things about the vid that just add to an inauthentic pile there.
Comment icon #38 Posted by CJ1983 on 22 April, 2016, 20:31
Entertaining vid, but fake, yes.
Comment icon #39 Posted by DanteHoratio on 25 April, 2016, 23:59
Looks like CGI to me.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Aftermath on 28 April, 2016, 18:28
A lot to ponder... all very interesting.
Comment icon #41 Posted by ChrLzs on 13 July, 2016, 3:38
For the sake of completion.... 100% fake, along with † .... † †(well, check out the link) Us naughty Aussies again... †

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