Three-Legged Bear Breaks Into Florida Home, Drinks White Claws

When a bear breaks into your home, it definitely means business. A three-legged bear, known to locals as Tripod, was caught breaking into a Florida home and helping itself to snacks and adult beverages.

Josaury Faneite-Diglio spotted the thirsty, uninvited guest when she got a security camera notification around 5 p.m. on September 3, 2023. Faneite-Diglio’s son, 13-year-old Joseph Diglio and the family dog, Bruno, were both inside when the bear made its way to the enclosed patio.

Diglio said that he realized there was a bear in the home after he heard Bruno barking. He then watched as Tripod ripped a makeshift door into the screen surrounding the family’s enclosed outdoor space. “Oh my God. I’ve never been this close to a bear,” Diglio said in the video.

Credit: Josaury Faneite-Diglio/Joseph Diglio

Tripod decided to make himself at home and hopped over to the family’s mini fridge for some delicious treats. “Once I saw him open the fridge, I got scared that he could open the doors to the houses,” Diglio said.

Tripod managed to eat some fish food that was left next to their fish tank and then proceeded to the bar for something to wash the food down with. “He took three White Claws, drank, and left very happy. His favorite flavor is mango and strawberry,” Faneite-Diglio said.

This wasn’t the first time a bear has made its presence known on Faneite-Diglio’s property. A bear has broken through the patio screen before but the family accepts it as part of living in Lake Mary, Florida.

The family even went as far as to say that Tripod is a “well-liked” member of the community. “I was not scared because we know the bear really well. He lives here; we respect their habitat as much as we can,” Faneite-Diglio said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not have any plans to catch Tripod, adding that while the animal was just on a screened porch and found an “unsecured fridge,” a bear that enters a home is something that should be reported to wildlife officials immediately.