Bear stuck in cookie jar rescued in New Jersey

As the 28-pound bear tried to eat what remained in the jar while rummaging through some trash, he apparently pulled the jar over his head, where it became stuck.

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    A bear cub who had to be rescued from a tree after getting his head stuck in a cookie jar is shown in this handout provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, July 1.
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A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found the cookie jarFriday night in Ringwood, near the New York border.

As the 28-pound (13-kilogram) animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled it over his head and it got stuck.

The cub became spooked when approached and went up a tree, but got wedged about 40 feet (12 meters) up.

Environmental protection staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground. After the animal was tranquilized by a department biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.


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