Nail-biting video shows brown bear following child on family hike
An Italian family's mountain hike took a hair-raising turn after a brown bear followed a child down a mountain path during a day out. In a video of the nail-biting encounter in Trentino, northern Italy, 12-year-old Alessandro can be seen walking slowly towards his stepfather -- as brown bear follows closely behind. Alessandro was picking up pine cones in the bushes, where the family believes the bear, which they identified as an Marsican brown bear, had been sleeping. About a month ago, they watched a YouTube video on what to do should they run into a bear, Calliari explained: "So, he was prepared." Eventually, the brown bear loses interest and turns away, and Alessandro can be heard asking his stepfather: "Did you take the picture?"