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Thanksgiving came early for a momma bear and her trio of cubs over the weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, when they came across an unlocked Toyota Prius that contained a box of 50 chocolate bars. The Prius (and chocolate) were the property of 16-year-old Lilly Thurmond, who was selling the bars for a prom fundraiser.
When Thurmond noticed the bears descending on her vehicle, she pulled out her phone and began recording video. “Like, I don’t know if you can see this but there’s a bear inside my [bleeping] car right now,” she frantically narrated in the clip that was later obtained by WLOS 13 News. “He’s literally in the seats. I don’t know what to friggin’ do!”
WATCH: Bears break into car
WATCH: A TC Roberson High School student says she was sitting in her living room when she looked out the window and saw some uninvited guests breaking into her car! Find out what kind of damage the bears left behind on News 13 at 5 p.m.Posted by WLOS ABC 13 on Monday, November 19, 2018
“I just don’t even understand how I have bears in my car,” she later whined through tears.
Thurmond said she had only sold about 10 chocolate bars before the bears got their grubby little paws on the box, and were kind enough to leave one single bar untouched among the wrappers scattered throughout the Prius.
“I hear something to my side so I turn my head and I see that my car door is open,” she told WLOS. “And I could hear them like growling and stuff. I even saw one bear open my front door and get in the car and shut the door.”
Thurmond’s mother Kim Peck was less than amused by the situation, mostly due to the fact that her daughter had left her car unlocked, giving the bears easy access.
“I think we all learned a lesson, like, keep your doors locked no matter what, because bears know how to open them up,” Peck told reporters.
As for the car, it was left filthy with the seats punctured, but insurance is covering the mess. It seems like that would fall under “Act of God” coverage, since most car insurance companies don’t prepare for this exact scenario.
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.