Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds has spoken out about one time he got a little too close to a bear for his liking.
The 42-year-old, who narrated the new IMAX nature documentary “Great Bear Rainforest”, explained how he was on a school trip in Canada’s Garibaldi Provincial Park at the time.
The 10th graders were sleeping when they were awoken to the sound of a bear scratching at their tent.
Reynolds told USA Today, “We naturally flipped out. I don’t think they make diapers secure enough for teenage boys at that age when something like that happens. My eyes were the size of dinner plates.”
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He went on to say how he then pulled out a jackknife, telling the publication: “It was just so I could cut a hole in the tent so we could go out the other side if we needed to.”
He added, “We screamed bloody murder. The bear took off pretty quickly once we screamed.”
Reynolds said the next day the group’s leader figured out it was just a cub.
The actor shared, “It was baby bear scratching its back on the tent, and being a rascal.”
“I’m sure this cub meant no harm and was probably checking us out. But it’s still a sign to get the hell out of there. Because mama is going to be close by.”
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Being a B.C. native it’s not surprising that his bear experiences don’t end there. Reynolds explained how he saw bears while visiting Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
“You could see 10 different black bears in a day. But you don’t want to get close and interfere with their daily life… in the same way you don’t want them to interfere with your life,” he said.