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Bear that walks like a human re-emerges in New Jersey

OAK RIDGE, N.J. - A New Jersey black bear that walks upright on its two hind legs and has become a social media darling has emerged months after its last sighting.

NJ.com (http://bit.ly/28Nrq7L) reports that the bipedal bear nicknamed Pedals was spotted recently in the town of Oak Ridge. Video shows that the bear appears to be in relatively good health and is moving briskly.

Pedals apparently has an injured leg or paw that doesn't allow it to walk comfortably on all fours.

State Environmental Protection Department spokesman Lawrence Hajna says the bear has an "indomitable spirit" and officials expect it to make it through next winter.

The bear first gained fame after it was spotted ambling around neighborhoods. It was caught on videos that were posted on social media and played on national television.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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