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Bears take day-cation at neighbor's pool


ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WKOW) -- The only way to deal with the unbearable summer heat is by taking a nice dip in the pool.  Some advice after an incident on the east coast -- ask the person for permission before inviting yourself over for a pool party in their backyard. 

A family of bears in New Jersey did not get that memo.  A mama bear and her five cubs were caught on camera relaxing poolside at a Rockaway Township family's backyard pool. 

Homeowner Tim Basso says when he first saw the bears, he panicked.  He was afraid his kids or his dog were outside.  Once he was sure everyone was safe in the house though, Basso says he enjoyed watching the family on their day-cation in his backyard. 

"They came in, they experienced the pool, they got it, they seemed to enjoy themselves, did a little bit of damage on the pool toys and floats and whatnot, but all in all I don't think it was a terrible experience," says Basso.  He added that the pool party lasted nearly an hour, and you can watch what his wife caught on camera in the video version of this story. 

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