12-year-old boy keeps cool in wild bear encounter: ‘best day of my life’

New York Post – by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

This bear encounter could have had a real grisly outcome.

A 12-year-old Italian boy kept his cool when he stumbled onto a massive brown bear while picnicking with his family — and walked away unscathed, according to reports. 

Alessandro Franzoi even thought the harrowing ordeal was cool.

“It was the best day of my life,” the boy told La Stampa newspaper. “I really hoped something like that would happen. When I saw the bear pop up from the bushes I was really excited. I knew I must not surprise the bear and that I just had to move away from it.”

“I didn’t look it in the eyes,” he said. “I didn’t want the bear to see me as a threat.”

The chilling encounter was caught on cellphone video and happened in the mountains near Sporminore in northern Italy, the Telegraph reported.

Alessandro was out on a picnic with his family, including his mother and her boyfriend, when he walked into the bushes looking for semi-precious stones, the outlet said. That’s when the bear popped just feet away from him.

The frantic adults told the boy not to panic.

“Keep coming, Ale, don’t turn your back on him,” his mom’s boyfriend told him. “He’s just minding his own business.”

The boy made it to safety, but not before one last flourish from the beast, which reared up on its hind legs after the boy turned away.

Alessandro said he had been reading about bears during the coronavirus lockdown, so he considered himself prepared.

“The woods and wildlife are his passion,” his uncle, Federico, told the outlet. “He reads a lot of books, he studies and dreams of having adventures.”


10 thoughts on “12-year-old boy keeps cool in wild bear encounter: ‘best day of my life’

  1. Wow!! Thanks, Angel!! That is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen. For me, that would be a life-changing moment. Wow!!!


  2. a forever memory for that young man

    ‘Alessandro said he had been reading about bears during the coronavirus lockdown, so he considered himself prepared.’ ………………uhhhh…….. I’d say lucky

  3. Number one, who was filming this?
    Number two, had that been a sow with a cub within a quarter of a mile, this boy would be nothing but a bloody spot on the ground. Wonder if he learned that in his coronavirus education?

    1. Beat me to it

      My first thought was who’s fcking holding the camera filming this rather than a 44 mag ?
      I was all over the child endangerment perspective
      Or my other side Grey matter was asking , is this staged?
      Because whoever took the time to film it sure didn’t seem concerned

      Well anyways
      Like any good trespasser GTFO

        1. Working. Dealing with a lot of clueless, “entitled”, helpless, City People. Grrr
          Worn out when I get home. Barely get online anymore. All I want when I get home is a stiff drink (or 2, or 3…), shower, food, and a bit of sleep before the alarm goes off at 5am and I hike a mile and a half to work. (BTW- NEVER been a “Morning Person”. From childhood on, even my parents said that I woke up as a grumpy/mad bear. LOL)

          1. Haha Good, glad you’re well (enough anyway).That’s gotta be tough in a high density populated area. I am not far enough in the hills as I’d like but am taking steps to change that! Be well and love to ya sister.;-)

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