Just How Big Is a Brown Bear? Really, Really Big

The title of this video, Brown Bear Attack, is completely misleading. The bear does not attack. Rather, Brody, who tips

The title of this video, Brown Bear Attack, is completely misleading. The bear does not attack. Rather, Brody, who tips the scales at 1,500 pounds, shows remarkable restraint as he is teased and tempted with his favorite food, fried chicken. If I had four-inch claws and weighed three-quarters of a ton and you waved a plate of nachos in front of my face, game over. But Brody, no, he plays nice, gently rolling the cage around with curiosity.

What’s striking about this National Geographic clip isn’t that it shows what a bear attack “might look like.” Please. A bear attack would be loud, violent, and over pretty quickly. No, what’s striking is how freaking big Brody is compared to the man in the cage — shoot, to the cage itself. Monstrously big. We’ve all seen bears in videos and I’ve seen plenty in the wild, but this perspective puts bear size in a chilling and awesome light.

See what happens if you eat enough fried chicken?

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
Recommended Posts
Showing 7 comments
  • FrancisLuke

    I just lost a little more respect for National Geographic.

  • Gareth Griffiths

    “The uploader has not made this video available in your Country” – This is the UK not China!

  • David Ryder

    Seriously, this is what Nat Geo has devolved into? Rednecks in Nascar harnesses teasing a beautiful animal caged for a few laughs. Unbelievable. Nat Geo used to teach and show us how beautiful nature is. This is a joke.

  • Craig Rowe

    These tests are so effing absurd.

    But yes, that wasn’t the point. That is an impressive animal.

  • Dan

    Can something be done to save Nat Geo from itself?

  • tom whirple

    this spectacle is infuriating. it is bullshit cowboy hype.

  • Kyle


    Video is there for all us people in third world countries like Canada..

    Its unfortunate, but it seems most people are idiots, so I guess National Geographic has to respond to the audience to stay relevant.

    It is amusing to think however, how many North Americans are probably watching this, just as fat as that bear, eating a bucket of KFC, laughing at how badly the bear wants the chicken.

Leave a Comment


smiling girl in oceanKenjiro Matsuo    Alta, Utah                 MR-yes