This is the moment tourists stop to feed wild bears by the side of the road named the “greatest to drive on in the world” by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
The video, which has been viewed over 330,000 times on social media, was filmed on a section of the Transfagarasan Road, in the County of Arges in Central Romania.
In the video, a group of tourists can be seen with their cars stopped on the road as they feed a pair of wild bears.
The bears are standing just off the road and the tourists appear to be throwing food to them and the person recording, who posted the video his vlog ‘Cezar Outdoors’ lowers his car window and says: “You know that is dangerous. Right?”
One of the tourists answers: “No problem, we are not getting close to them.”
The cameraman then replies: “But you know that if the bears bite you, you’ll be on the news and they will say that is the bear’s fault, not yours, for getting too close to them.”
The tourist then claims that the bears are not dangerous because they “are just cubs” and the mother bear who “might be dangerous” is “not around”.
The vlogger wrote with the video: “Today on Transfagarasan Road, tourists who feed the bears almost directly from their hands and take selfies with them … The children were a few metres from the bears … It’s very sad to see that.”
Jeremy Clarkson once labelled the Transfagarasan Road as “the greatest driving road in the world”.
Some netizens asked for the authorities to fine the tourists, with ‘Charles Garvin’ writing in English: “Get their car plates and fine them, big time, and let the public know how it works.”.
And ‘Vlad Cristescu’ added: “Why don’t the Police Inspectorate take notice of this?! Filming it makes it pretty clear they should pay fines for feeding wild animals.”
Another user ‘Florin Daniel Graitaru’, deplored the tourists’ lack of education regarding nature, writing: “Again a lack of education. These actions will inevitably lead to the killing of these bears, which over time will overcome their fear of man and their curiosity will cause problems.”
It is unclear if the authorities have been informed of the incident. The species of bear is also unclear.
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