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Darjeeling, November 25: A video of a Himalayan black bear and her cub sauntering lazily at Darjeeling’s famed Mall area has gone viral.

Video footage from a CCTV of Sanderling Resort suggests the black bear mother-cub duo came from the Tourist Lodge area, walked around the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club premises before taking the club’s tennis court pathway to enter the Mahakal Baba temple premises on the Mall.

The Tourist Lodge-Sanderling-Gymkhana properties are barely 200m away from Chowrasta, the town’s famous square. Forest officials feel that both the bears are still in the area.

About a fortnight back another Himalayan bear had been captured by foresters and released in the wild near Lebong, about 4km downhill from the Mall.

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The black bear has not attacked humans or other domesticated animals till now. However, foresters maintain that people should be alert because of the cub.