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Brown Bear Filmed Raiding Siberian Hut, Ripping Newspaper

A brown bear has been filmed rummaging through a ranger’s hut deep in the Siberian taiga forest, showing particular interest in a newspaper.

A camera trap caught the bear entering the wooden hut and leaving with the paper in its mouth last August. The next frames show the animal kneeling over the newspaper and ripping it to shreds.

“Such is the bear’s way,” the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve wrote on its website earlier this month.

										 					Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve
Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve

The reserve said a second brown bear came to the same hut a few weeks later, only to find it empty of provisions after its predecessor’s visit. But it didn’t seem to leave before showing some love to the camera.

“The animal licked the camera trap, then decided to take a look inside the open door,” the nature reserve wrote.

The hut’s location in an isolated area of the West Sayan Mountains allows inspectors to access it only a few times a year, The Siberian Times reported.