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Port Coquitlam drama teacher stumbles across giant swimming bear on Earth Day (PHOTOS)

Luckily, said the Port Coquitlam teacher, he had his camera with him

Charles Harris, the drama teacher at Archbishop Carney regional secondary school in Port Coquitlam, shared these images with Tri-City News’ readers on Earth Day, April 22.

He wrote, "I was driving along Shaughnessy (north of Lincoln) yesterday at about 5:30 p.m. when I looked out my window on the west side of Shaughnessy and, there, swimming in the pond in the Coquitlam River Park, was a big, beautiful bear.”

"I took my DSLR (with a big zoom lens) and took some photos. The bear sat, swam and played for about 30 minutes, and then got out the water, crossed Shaughnessy and lumbered off into the woods without incident.

“I would say about 50 people stopped and took photos/videos in the time I was there. I was just lucky to have my DSLR."