Monday, August 16, 2010

Rescuers save 'jarhead' bear cub from starvation

A black bear cub who became affectionately known as "jarhead" after a plastic container got stuck on its head can eat and drink again after experts removed it.

The clear container was removed from the six-month-old cub's head after it had been wedged on for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through rubbish in a central Florida neighborhood.

Biologists said the animal was days away from death because the jar made it impossible for it to eat or drink.

The team had to tranquillize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the container from its 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.

The Guardian, "Rescuers save 'jarhead' bear cub from starvation", accessed August 15, 2010

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