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‘No person believed me’: Tisha Campbell on seeing a BEAR on the free at a Los Angeles grocery retailer


Tisha Campbell opened up about a recent encounter she had witnessing a bear cub crawling amok in a Los Angeles grocery store.

The Martin actress, 52, spoke with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday about the harrowing encounter, which occurred early Saturday at a Ralph’s location.

The New Jersey native, who had documented the bizarre incident in an Instagram post, remained calm while exiting the store before letting out her frustration about the scary incident while in her vehicle.

The New Jersey native had documented the bizarre incident in an Instagram post

The latest: Tisha Campbell, 52, opened up about a recent encounter she had witnessing a bear crawling amok in a Los Angeles grocery store

‘When I got into my car I got to let it out,’ Campbell told the show.

She said that the bear, identified as a 120-pound cub, ‘was in the bread section’ as she was in a separate area of the store shopping for fruit.

Campbell said that while she was calm in the video, she was experiencing ‘straight panic’ amid the unusual incident.

‘My instinct was, “OK, I have to figure out how I’m gonna get out of here,” because they were just shooing him outside. “How am I gonna get to my car?”‘ she said.

Sweet tooth? The bear was seen rummaging around the candy section of the grocery store

Sweet tooth? The bear was seen rummaging around the candy section of the grocery store 

Temperament: Campbell said that while she was calm in the video, she was experiencing 'straight panic' amid the unusual incident

Temperament: Campbell said that while she was calm in the video, she was experiencing ‘straight panic’ amid the unusual incident

 Campbell told the show that she didn’t immediately exit the premises after seeing the bear in the supermarket.

‘I paid for my groceries, but that was part of the panic because I was trying to wait for the bear to go farther,’ the actress said. ‘So I was panicked. I just kept paying for my groceries.

‘I should’ve just dropped the cart and just ran out while he was distracted. But I just got nervous because that looked like a baby bear to me, it didn’t look like a full-grown bear. So where there’s a baby there’s a mama.’

She added she’s ‘never seen a bear in this area’ near her Los Angeles home, adding, ‘It’s a very urban area,’ as ’there’s a lot of people, a lot of houses.’

Bears have been spotted in Los Angeles and other nearby cities in the past, which border the Angeles National Forest. 

In 2021, a bear and her cubs were seen taking a dip in a pool in the nearby city of Arcadia, and in 2020, a black bear roamed the streets of Los Angeles in search of food. 

In June, a 17-year-old girl pushed off a mother bear trying to hop over a fence into her house.    

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife had reported in 2014 that some bears cubs in California were found to have encephalitis, a fatal disease that inflames the brain and causes the animal to behave docile and behave fearlessly. 

Some experts believe this disease might be the cause of some of the meetings in recent years between photogenic bears and California residents. 

Campbell said that she faced skepticism from her mother and other relatives when she called to tell them about what had happened. 

Campbell said she always thinks ’two steps ahead,’ adding, ‘Thank god my mother taught me how to play chess.’ 

Details: The cub eventually exited the premises and was tranquilized by wildlife officials, who later took it to the Angeles National Forest

Details: The cub eventually exited the premises and was tranquilized by wildlife officials, who later took it to the Angeles National Forest 

Campbell said that while she was calm in the video, she was experiencing 'straight panic' amid the unusual incident

Campbell said that while she was calm in the video, she was experiencing ‘straight panic’ amid the unusual incident

Aberration: She added she's 'never seen a bear in this area' near her Los Angeles home, adding, 'It's a very urban area,' as 'there's a lot of people, a lot of houses'

Aberration: She added she’s ‘never seen a bear in this area’ near her Los Angeles home, adding, ‘It’s a very urban area,’ as ’there’s a lot of people, a lot of houses’

‘I just started hitting my family members, and my mother kept saying, “You’re lying, you’re lying” – nobody believed me,’ she said.

The cub eventually exited the premises and was tranquilized by wildlife officials, who later took it to the Angeles National Forest, the outlet reported.

Campbell told the show she had another scary run-in with a bobcat and coyotes during a recent trip to Arizona.

‘I have been having some type of animal attraction these days because I just left Arizona running from a bobcat,’ she said. ‘Then there were at my hotel room coyotes surrounding my hotel room howling.

‘And then I come home and then there’s a bear in the store! I’m from North New Jersey. We’ve got pigeons, we don’t have bears!’

In a true fight-or-flight moment, the teenager daringly approaches the fully grown adult black bear and pushes it off the wall before immediately gathering her pets and going inside. She showed off her injuries on Instagram

Hailey Morinico, the 'mother' and rescuer of her dogs recounted the incident, and showed off her injuries from her face-off

In a true fight-or-flight moment, the teenager daringly approaches the fully grown adult black bear and pushes it off the wall before immediately gathering her pets and going inside. She showed off her injuries on Instagram and TikTok

Eric Liang filmed the bear and four cubs frolicking in the pool at the back of home in Arcadia, California in April

Eric Liang filmed the bear and four cubs frolicking in the pool at the back of home in Arcadia, California in April

Campbell is beloved for her role as Gina Waters-Payne in the Martin TV series in the 1990s, as well as her role as Janet ‘Jay’ Kyle in the 2000’s show My Wife and Kids. 

Her first acting role came in a 1977 short, the Magnificent Major, before she hit her big break on the Rags to Riches TV series in 1987, playing Marva Foley, according to her IMDB.   

Recently, Campbell has appeared as characters on Empire and Last Man Standing, and the actress has also taken up voice acting in cartoon series like Harley Quinn and Craig of the Creek.  

Tisha Campbell-Martin and Martin Lawrence starred in the TV series Martin from 1992-1997

Tisha Campbell-Martin and Martin Lawrence starred in the TV series Martin from 1992-1997

Campbell continues to act for TV and his currently filming Be Someone, where she will play Tanika Williams. She shared  her encounter with the bear cub with Entertainment Tonight

Campbell continues to act for TV and his currently filming Be Someone, where she will play Tanika Williams. She shared  her encounter with the bear cub with Entertainment Tonight

Campbell attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Marla Gibbs on July 20

Campbell attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Marla Gibbs on July 20

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