US family saves trapped baby bear

juillet 1, 2020 0 Par admin
A family in the US helped save a young bear that was struggling to breathe while swimming in a lake with its head caught in a plastic food container.

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.

When the Hurts first saw the bear they thought it was a dog.
When the Hurts first saw the bear they thought it was a dog. (Tricia Hurt/AP)

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.

The bear was struggling and wasn't getting fresh air into the container.
The bear was struggling and wasn’t getting fresh air into the container. (Tricia Hurt/AP)

“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.”

Reaching over the side of the boat Mr Hurt wrenched the container from the distressed animal's head.
Reaching over the side of the boat for a second time Mr Hurt wrenched the container from the distressed animal’s head. (Tricia Hurt/AP)

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.