Bear Cub With Head Stuck in Jar Finally Rescued

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
please note: the image is not of jarhead

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Joy Jin
Joy Jin5 years ago

Such a happy ending! I wish that all stories ended this way!

Annie M.
Annie M.5 years ago

The beauty of saving wild animals, the irony of the hunters (Sarah Palin, are you listening?) the killing them...

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

Littering is dangerous to wildlife as little Jarhead has proved.

LYNETTE Z.5 years ago

ban plastic !!!!!

Charlene M.
Charlene M.5 years ago

Love the ending !!!

Juan Pablo de la Torre

Jarhead... Now other cubs are going to mock him at school.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman5 years ago

I'm glad Jarhead was saved, but the little guy would't have needed rescuing if plastic hazards had been disposed of responsibly.

jade owen
jade owen5 years ago

thats wonderful thank god little jarhead was saved

Nellie K A.
Nellie K. Adaba5 years ago


mariya s.
mari s.5 years ago

Fantastic ending -- the fact that the Florida pros went to the trouble, and rightfully so, to do the right thing and save this family of bears is wonderful and i wish all would follow their great example. I applaud and hug you all.