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Swimming Bears Crash Indiana Co. Family’s Birthday Party

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(Photo Credit: Joe Kovalchick)

(Photo Credit: Joe Kovalchick)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An Indiana County family got a surprise when two bears crashed a birthday party.

Joe Kovalchick of Shelocta told KDKA they were celebrating his son’s birthday when a bear and a cub appeared in the yard.

“He said, ‘The bear’s back here!'” said Kovalchick’s wife Stacy. “So we all ran back and we watched it feed on the bird feeder and we watched for a while and everyone pulled out their cameras and it started through the yard, we saw the little cub shoot out.”

The bears then took a dip in the family’s pond.

“The bear must have seen my kids swimming in our pool and thought it would be refreshing,” Kovalchick said in an email.

The family see’s its share of wildlife, but seeing the little cub with it’s mom was heartwarming.

“A little baby cub,” said Joe Kovalchick. “We’ve never seen that here before and like our grandmothers were here, and aunts and uncles were here. It was nice that everyone got to see for the first time. And there was about 12 of us.”

Kovalchick said the bears swam in the pond for about 10 minutes.

And even though they weren’t invited, the bears ended up being the highlight of the party.

(Photo Credit: Joe Kovalchick)

(Photo Credit: Joe Kovalchick)

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