I can’t bear it! Grizzly gives itself a good scratch against a tourist sign in Canada

Canada

This huge grizzly bear was spotted performing a bizarre back scratching dance as it tried to alleviate an unbearable itch.

The brown cub used a tourist sign to tackle the tickle and repeatedly bent down and stood up to get at the hard-to-reach the spot.

The funny images, which were taken in 2015 but have recently been released by photographer, Tom Leeson, for the first time, were taken while he was traveling along Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Tom, from Vancouver, Washington, said: ‘I came across this young bear scratching itself against a park information sign and really enjoying the moment.

‘It was young enough that this was probably its first time out alone so it was experiencing proper freedom from its mother for the first time.

‘This bear just found whatever looked good at the time to relieve his itch and he didn’t care who was watching. What an exhibitionist.’

The bear was spotted using a tourist sign of the local topography to tackle an itch in his back by scratching against it
The bear was spotted using a tourist sign of the local topography to tackle an itch in his back by scratching against it

In the hilarious photos from 2015 the bear can be seen using its legs to lower and raise its back against the concrete sign
In the hilarious photos from 2015 the bear can be seen using its legs to lower and raise its back against the concrete sign

The bear was spotted making a variety of satisfied faces as it itched the scratch in its back using the large concrete sign The bear was spotted making a variety of satisfied faces as it itched the scratch in its back using the large concrete sign
The bear was spotted making a variety of satisfied faces as it itched the scratch in its back using the large concrete sign

The funny images were taken in 2015 but have recently been released by photographer, Tom Leeson, for the first time
The funny images were taken in 2015 but have recently been released by photographer, Tom Leeson, for the first time