Jarred Bear Cub Survives With Sore Head
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 06:24 PM
A black bear cub that was on the verge of death after getting his head stuck in a large plastic jar has been set free to enjoy his first meal in at least 10 days. The wild six-month-old, nicknamed Jarhead, got into the difficult situation while looking for food amongst industrial rubbish in a Florida neighbourhood.
The cub managed to poke his head into the discarded clear jar - but could not get it off. Residents of a small community near Weirsdale spotted the helpless animal and informed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The cub had not eaten or drunk anything for more than a week because of the impediment and experts said it was days away from death. A team from the FWC stepped in to save the youngster, tranquilising its mother then grabbing the cub and removing the jar.
"It was a lot easier said than done," the FWC's Mike Orlando said. Their plan to get to the cub involved setting traps for the mother bear, but she managed to avoid all of them.
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