It appears not everyone got the memo about the ongoing Canada-U.S. border restrictions.
A curious bear cub recently approached a border crossing between Stewart, B.C. and Hyder, Alaska, seeking "entry for essential reasons, but had no travel documents," joked the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in a Facebook post.
"After a forceful attempt on its part to cross the border," CBSA officers managed to quickly apprehend the cub and transfer the animal to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers.
The cub, a female born this year, weighs approximately 21 pounds and has been named Annie, according to a Facebook comment posted by the Wildlife Society.
The shelter will care for the bear throughout the winter.
A traveller sought entry for essential reasons, but had no travel documents. After a forceful attempt on its part to...Posted by Canada Border Services Agency on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The post—which included a series of photos of Annie's escapades—has gone viral by Canadian Government agency standards, attracting more than 1,000 comments and 11,000 shares to date.
"When I initially read the story, I thought it’s another usual catch of some knucklehead by CBSA. Then when I saw the pictures, it put a smile on my face today," wrote one Facebook user.
"The best travellers, no documentation needed. What a cute bear. Thanks for making sure it was safe."
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials announced last month that those restrictions will remain in place until at least Nov. 21.