Friday 28 July 2017

Firefighters rescue bear from tree

Firefighters saved a black bear which was 60 feet up a tree
Firefighters saved a black bear which was 60 feet up a tree

Firefighters are used to rescuing cats from trees, but in the US city of Bend, Oregon they had the challenge of saving a black bear from up one.

Wildlife workers and firefighters were called in after the bear was spotted wandering the streets and knocking over rubbish bins.

Local TV station KTVZ said that the animal was shot with multiple tranquillisers after it climbed up a 60 foot tree.

Once the creature was asleep, two firefighters scaled the tree and put harnesses on the bear, then carefully lowered the 20 stone animal safely to the ground.

Fire engineer Tom Edwards told the station: "It was definitely the first bear rescue for me.

"We had a good time and the bear had a good time, and that's the important part."

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