Jo Adams got quite the surprise one morning when she opened her store, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Estes Park, Colo., to find that something was amiss.
By Christine Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Colorado candy shop owner got quite the surprise one morning when she opened her store, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Estes Park, Colo., to find several candies out of place and wrappers on the floor, the Estes Park News reported.
Jo Adams first thought a squirrel was to blame.
She thought, “Oh darn, one of those pesky ground squirrels has gotten in the store and upset a few things,” according to the News.
It wasn’t until she and her son decided to take a look at the store’s security tapes that she discovered the sneaky critter was actually a much bigger animal – a young black bear.
The surveillance video shows the chocolate-loving animal open the front door to the shop with his paws and casually lumber up to the candy display rack.
He takes several mouthfuls of candy and walks back outside to chow down on his haul, only to make six more similar trips in and out of the store.
The baby bear didn’t satisfy his sugar cravings with just one type of treat, either.
He got a taste of several chocolate covered Rice Krispies treats, multiple peanut butter cups, English toffee and chocolate covered cookies bearing an incredibly fitting name – Cookie Bears.
“That little bugger ate a lot of candy!” Adams said.
The clever cub was apparently able to break into the sweet shop thanks to a faulty lock that wouldn’t latch.
Adams has since fixed the locks and completely disinfected the store.
But the Colorado shop owner says she’s unfazed by the incident since the cub “was just doing what bears do … eat!”
Business has also been booming since the furry break-in, 7News reported.
Several customers have come to the store requesting the same treats the cub chowed down on.