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Tourist in China mistakes bear for dog, escapes close call

April 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A tourist in northern China had to think on his toes when he found himself face to face with a charging bear.

The man was on a drive looking for wildlife, when he spotted an animal sleeping. He thought it was a Tibetan Mastiff dog.

However, as he turned on his cell phone camera to shoot some video, the animal came rushing over, and he saw it was actually a bear.

Wildlife officials in the area said it's unusual to see a bear wandering so close to the road in daytime.