Members of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently rescued a baby bear that had a plastic jug stuck on their head.

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The poor cub got stuck when a mother bear and her three babies knocked over a garbage can in Litchfield County. One of the cubs got their head stuck in a big clear plastic jar.

“Given the warm weather and tight fit of the container, it was important to try and free the cub quickly,” The Connecticut Fish and Wildlife said in a Facebook post. “Our biologists responded and found the cub. After waiting for the cub to come down from a tree, it was successfully tranquilized, and the clear plastic container was removed.”

“Fortunately, the bear did not sustain any injuries from the container. Once freed, the cub quickly found its mother who was waiting nearby.”

They took the opportunity to remind the community of why it is so important to make sure their garbage is properly secured and disposed of.

“Everyone can help wildlife from getting stuck in these kinds of situations by properly securing trash and recyclables. Whether it be balloons, fishing line, or plastic containers, wildlife can often ingest or become entangled in improperly disposed or stored items.”

To learn more about Black Bears in Connecticut, check out the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Living With Black Bears resources and read How to Co-Exist with Black Bears.

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