Photo of bear watching sunrise goes viral

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Courtesy Sam Geesaman Courtesy Sam Geesaman

A New Hampshire hotel worker’s photograph of a bear watching the sun rise over Mount Washington has gone viral.

ABC affiliate WMUR reports Sam Geesaman snapped the breathtaking photo early on June 29. He said he was working the night shift and wanted to catch a glimpse of the sunrise when he spotted a young black bear coming up the stairs to check out a trash can. 

He told fellow staff members and stood guard to prevent any guests from stumbling upon the bear.

“While following behind it attempting to usher it to the nearest exit, the bear decided to hop up on the rail and enjoy the sunrise as I had intended to do myself,” Geesaman said.

Geesaman said that after he made some loud stops and claps, the bear went into a nearby wooded area. He said the hotel lets guests know that are in bear country and that they shouldn't approach the animals. 

“They need to be left alone when they show themselves in public places,” Geesaman said. 

A photo of the bear has been shared thousands of times.