Bear cub with head stuck in plastic jar finally rescued

Bear cub with head stuck in plastic jar finally rescued

Credit: FWC photo

"Jarhead" and a sibling elude biologists trying to capture him.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM

OCALA, Fla. - A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as "jarhead" can finally enjoy a good meal.

A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub's head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida.

Biologists say the cub was days away from death because the jar made it impossible to eat or drink.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Mike Orlando, Brian Scheick and Cathy Connolly, and Mike Connolly, a bear-response agent for the agency, developed a plan to trap the cub.

"It was a lot easier said than done," said Orlando. "The residents were really great about calling us when they saw the bears, but it seemed like we were always about 20 minutes behind."

Finally, a resident reported seeing the bear family.

The team had to tranquilize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the jar from the bear's head.

The subdued mother was then put in a trap and the cubs followed. After she awoke and nursed the cubs, the bears were moved to a less populated area nearby.
 

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