A stunned family in Aspen Park, Colorado, saw their car rocking back and forth with the windows fogged up early Tuesday morning and thought intruders had gained access to the vehicle.
“At first it was extremely shocking,” Shane Materkowski told KCNC-TV. “I thought there might be a couple in there,” he said.
Turns out it was a bear, which was able to easily open the door to the unlocked car but getting out was a different story.
“He didn’t know how to get out, so he started thrashing the inside of the vehicle,” Materkowski said.
The family called wildlife officials and within an hour, they managed to free the animal.
The family wasn’t quite as lucky. While the exterior of the car was fine, the bear tore the inside apart.
Authorities often remind residents in bear country not to leave food items inside vehicles because bears can smell scents as far as five miles away.