A photographer in Glendale, California caught an usual sight on Monday December 15, capturing video footage of a bear attacking a toy Father Christmas.

In the YouTube video, posted by Robert Martinez, a large American black bear approaches a stuffed Santa Claus which is being propped up by sticks.

At first, the bear only sniffs the toy figure, but after a minute, the bear suddenly knocks the Father Christmas to the ground.

Martinez has been setting up trail cameras to catch wildlife in their natural habitat since 2012. In October, he made waves on the internet with a video showing a family of four mountain lions.