US family saves trapped baby bearjuillet 1, 2020
Tricia and Brian Hurt and their son Brady were fishing Saturday on Marsh Miller Lake in western Wisconsin’s Chippewa County when they came across what they first thought was a swimming dog.
But they quickly realised it was a young bear with a clear plastic cheese ball container stuck on its head.
Their first attempt to pull the tub off the bear’s head failed, but another try was successful.
“That was the thing I remember most, is that bear panting heavily, trying to get air. Can you imagine having that down in the water? It sealed it off so it couldn’t get fresh air into that jug,” Mr Hurt said.
Ms Hurt said if they had been two minutes sooner or later, they likely wouldn’t have come across the bear.
“I should have bought a lottery ticket,” Mr Hurt said.
“I probably would have better chances at winning the lottery ticket than stumbling across that poor bear.”
The family was later told the bear had been that way for at least a few days and locals had been trying to figure out how to help it.
Mr Hurt said he thought the bear was about one-year-old and likely still with its mother.