AUSTIN (KXAN) – A video of a mountain biker being chased by a grizzly bear gets your blood pumping almost immediately, showing a biker out on a ride in the woods when he suddenly realizes he’s being chased. The video goes on to show the big guy keeping up with the biker — who later ends up ditching his wheels and hiding from the bear after being hindered by a log in his bike path. Eventually, the bear is scared off by a couple of gunshots.
Here’s the thing: This video may not be real. Many have come forward to point out that this video looks fake, pointing out what they call computer-generated images that are too crisp for an authentic encounter.
“The bear is just a little too crisp when you compare it to the surroundings. The bear is the only thing in the GoPro video that doesn’t seem to suffer from motion blur,” reads Mad World’s website. “If the CGI wasn’t obvious, surely you must have noticed how stupid it would be to just get off your bike because of a little branch, jog to a tree, and just stand there staring in the opposite direction for several seconds without looking if the bear was following.”
“However, what is real is the original story of this horrifying incident along with the actual footage from it (shown at the bottom of this article),” says Mad World. “Apparently this YouTube user and graphic artist extraordinaire didn’t think the actual clip of the event showed enough of the bear, so he put his skills to work to make that happen.”
Mad World contends this is the real story from which the video draws its inspiration:
“A trail detour for two Canadian mountain bikers nearly turned deadly when the men crossed the path of a massive mother grizzly bear protecting her cub and began charging the bicyclists. The frightening pursuit was caught on film thanks to a helmet-mounted GoPro camera — and it’s what nightmares are made of.
Brad Paras, 32, of Edmonton, Alberta, was out for an adventurous ride with his cousin in Canada’s Jasper National Park. The men were enjoying the scenery until Paras encountered an obstacle he didn’t expect — a female beast protecting her baby.”