The BBC's new tent pole nature doc, narrated of course by David Attenborough, has featured some stand out footage, including that tense baby iguana and snake chase scene. But as well as providing thrills the show can also provide some light entertainment. In this case it focuses on the 'bear necessities' of the grizzly bear.
And that takes the form of what they're calling "pole dancing bears"—but these bears aren't shaking their stuff at a strip club in the hope of customers throwing food at them instead of money, instead it's footage of grizzly bears scratching a hard to reach itch. To do so they rub themselves up against trees (or so we are led to believe).
The BBC have made it extra comical by playing the Pussycat Dolls "Don't Cha" over the scenes and also "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang in two adverts for the series. Take a look below if you don't believe us.
The real reason the bears do this is varied. Due to it being summer and warmer the bears shed their fur, making them feel extra itchy. This is where the bark of a tree comes in. Attenborough notes that some bears even have their favorite trees to use and travel long distances to get to them.
An added consequence of this activity is that as the bears rub themselves against the tree they leave their scent, so it informs the others of who's around, helping to avoid any conflict.
The footage was filmed in the Canadian Rockies and featured in episode two of the series which looked at the habitats of mountain-dwelling creatures. And is sure looks like pole dancing to me.
Check out the Pussycat Dolls version below.
And here's them getting down to some "Jungle Boogie."