An Unusual Bear Rescue, Wisconsin-Style

Cub's head was stuck in an empty cheese tub
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2020 3:31 PM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2020 3:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Wisconsin family helped save a young bear that was struggling to breathe while swimming in a lake with its head caught in a plastic food container, per the AP. Tricia and Brian Hurt and their son, Brady, were fishing on Marsh Miller Lake in western Wisconsin's Chippewa County when they came across what they first thought was a swimming dog. They soon realized, though, that it was a young bear with a clear plastic cheese ball container stuck on its head. Their first attempt to pull the tub off the bear's head failed, but another try was successful. They captured the rescue on video.

“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?” said Brian Hurt. The Hurts then went to a nearby resort, where some people had watched the rescue and told them the bear had been that way for at least a few days. Locals had been trying to figure out how to get the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help it. Brian Hurt estimated the bear was a year old and likely still with its mother. They watched it all the way until it got to shore.

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