VIDEO: Mama bear and her cubs invade backyard, play with all the toys

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What happens when you live in Rockaway Township, N.J., and don’t have a secure backyard?

A family of bears invade and make themselves at home.

The Basso family posted videos this week of a black mama bear and her five cubs taking over their backyard and playing with all the toys. It’s gone viral now, appearing on the “Today” show Friday morning.

The bears go for a swim, mess around with the swingset, climb up on the slide and other fun stuff.

What makes this video great, though, is that the Basso’s watched the bears with their 3- and 5-year-old daughters, and the girls were NOT happy with the bears taking their toys and dirtying up their pool.

“Noooooooo — my floatie!!!” one screams.

The bears start playing with the other toys around the 3:40 mark. Hop around the video and enjoy some easy laughs as you head into the weekend.

Teddy Mitrosilis works in social content development at FOX Sports Digital. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at

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