Bear rescued after getting stuck in icy ditch during hibernation

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A bear successful Minnesota was rescued by section authorities connected Monday aft it became stuck successful an icy culvert during his wintertime hibernation.

The 6-year-old carnivore had hunkered down successful a roadside culvert adjacent Wannaska to slumber done the wintertime but became stuck successful the snowfall aft the crystal melted, according to a Facebook station from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"Unfortunately, melting snowfall tin sometimes flood bears retired of culverts, and that’s what happened here: The culvert started to flood and this carnivore got stuck successful the heavy snowfall and ice. Thanks to your caring calls, we were capable to get this carnivore retired quickly," the station read.

Andrew Tri, a bear biologist with the department, deemed the carnivore to beryllium steadfast but groggy aft waking up from his wintertime sleep.

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"Looks similar the carnivore is astir 6 years aged and 375-400 pounds (and yes, he’s a boy)," the station said. "We safely relocated him to a authorities crippled sanctuary truthful that helium tin proceed hibernating."

The station said that locals tried to provender the carnivore Pop Tarts, lettuce, a dormant minnow, feline food, vertebrate seed, and a Swedish fish, which the nature department urged radical not to do.

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"That mightiness enactment for the Very Hungry Caterpillar successful Eric Carle’s book, but it’s nary bully for bears. Luckily, due to the fact that bears don’t person the tendency to devour successful the winter, the carnivore didn’t bite."

Tri told InForum that it took astir 20 minutes to get the carnivore retired of the spread aft drugging him and astir "five guys to haul him up and retired of the hole" erstwhile they had freed his leg.

"He intelligibly smelled similar runoff – stinky, stagnant h2o – but mostly speaking, I don’t deliberation helium was wholly frozen in," Tri explained. "I deliberation helium conscionable got caught up successful immoderate of that heavy crystal wherever helium pushed retired and conscionable hooked himself goofy. We did a small chipping distant retired of the culvert and were capable to rotation him connected his backmost and extract his leg.

"There was a small spot of humor connected the extracurricular of the spread wherever helium had been scraping trying to propulsion himself up, but (he was) nary worse for deterioration and successful existent bully shape."

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