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Bewildered bear with head stuck in coffee can is saved by wildlife officers after it wanders onto highway

Bewildered bear with head stuck in coffee can is saved by wildlife officers after it wanders onto highway

This is the moment a black bear with its head stuck in an old coffee can is finally rescued after concerned motorists spotted the animal struggling in the road.

Randy Rallo captured footage of the 100lb bear, estimated to be around three years old, after it wandered onto the Alaska Highway near Tok.

Rallo said he immediately called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who had received a number of calls from other worried people, to come and rescue it.

 

Rallo later left the area to continue with his journey before returning to find the bear hiding under a vehicle parked on the highway.

After a few minutes Fish and Game staff, including assistant area biologist Jeff Wells, arrived at the scene to save the animal.

The team shot the bear with a tranquiliser dart before using tin snips to carefully cut around the empty can and remove it from its head.

Fish and Game staff, including assistant area biologist Jeff Wells, arrived at the scene to save the animal

Fish and Game staff, including assistant area biologist Jeff Wells, arrived at the scene to save the animal

 

The animal, which was ‘in fairly good shape’ received antibiotics for the small wound caused by the dart and was given an ear tag before it was taken into the nearby woods to be set free.

It is believed that the bear got its head stuck while foraging for food in rubbish dumped along the side of the highway.

Wells noted that although bears are common in the area, there has not been a similar incident to this in his recent memory.

He also reminded people to do as the motorists did on this occasion and to call the experts immediately, as opposed to try and intervene.

The assistant area biologist warned that despite the animal looking small, a 100lb bear is capable of ‘doing some damage’.

 

The bear was given antibiotics for the wound caused by the dart and set free in nearby woods

The bear was given antibiotics for the wound caused by the dart and set free in nearby woods

 

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