Hotel from The Shining gets visit from actual wild bear

This black bear wants to play with you forever and ever and ever.

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A black bear saunters through the lobby of the famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Ghosts, horror and bears, oh my!

The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado, has inspired author Stephen King to write his horror novel The Shining and the late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to make a movie based on King's book. Now it seems to have captured the attention of a curious bear.

In a video posted Thursday on the Stanley Hotel Facebook page, footage captured by hotel staff shows a wild black bear crawling on furniture and wandering through the hotel's ornate lobby.

"Late-night visitor from the wild side visits our hotel lobby," reads the Facebook post. "We'll make an exception to the rule about jumping on the furniture."

The Facebook video has been viewed by 313,934 people as of late Thursday night. 

Late night Stanley visitor...

Late night visitor from the wildside visits our hotel lobby. We'll make an exception to the rule about jumping on the furniture.

Posted by Stanley Hotel on Thursday, August 23, 2018

Stanley Hotel general manager Reed Rowley confirmed the bear made it inside the hotel late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning," according to CBS Denver. And that luckily, there were no guests around when the bear was inside the hotel "very briefly," Rowley said.

Neither the bear nor any people were hurt during the unexpected incident, as hotel staff managed to shoo the bear back outside.

The Stanley Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and with Historic Hotels of America.

It's also nestled at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park, which explains why a bear might find its way inside.

Ghosts have reportedly roamed hallways at the Stanley so much the hotel offers an official nightly ghost tour, and offers a stay in a variety of rooms with "high paranormal activity" -- like the famous Stephen King Suite 217 and Ghost Hunters' favorite room 401. Still, a bear visit is something altogether newly terrifying.

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