A Florida black bear cub and his sibling were apparently foraging for food at a garbage site in the Ocala National Forest. And unfortunately for one of the little cubs, he managed to get his head stuck in a large plastic jar.
It took ten days, with many reported sightings, before rescue workers were able to capture the scared cub. Authorities set traps for the momma bear knowing the cubs would be close by. However, black bears are extremely frightened of humans, so she avoided all traps. Eventually biologists were able to tranquilize her and the cubs stayed put. This tactic is what finally allowed for the capture of Jarhead — as he affectionately came to be named — and the jar was finally removed from the little guy’s head.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists believe the cub was near death when he was finally tracked down, as the jar prevented the cub from being able to eat or drink. After the rescue, all three bears were held overnight for observation to ensure the momma bear could still nurse her cubs. The bear family was released the next day, into a less populated area of the forest.
More on black bears from Care2:
Thank goodness Jarhead and his family live in Florida and not New Jersey. If you haven’t heard yet, Governor Christie (R-NJ) has approved a black bear hunt scheduled for December, despite the objections of the majority of New Jersey residents.
Photo of black bear cub courtesy of FirstPeople.us
please note: the image is not of jarhead