Tricia Hurt was her husband Brian’s son Brady’s with a fish on Marsh-Miller Lake in Wisconsin on Sunday when they spotted a young black bear swimming in the water. The bear was in a predicament as its head was stuck inside a large plastic jar.
– We realized that if we don’t try to help it, then the bear won’t survive on the beach. It gasped heavily, Tricia Hurt said CNN.
The family steered their boat alongside the swimming bear, allowing the family’s father to grab the jar. However, Brian lost his grip, but at the same time noticed that the bear’s other ear had come loose from the clamps on the edge of the jar.
The family circled the bear again by boat and eventually Brian managed to pull the jar off the bear heading towards the shore. The whole operation took about five minutes.
– We were really excited. We did a good deed of the day. We never did the same and it felt really good when we were able to help the bear. It was nasty to see an animal in a pinch like that, Hurt said.
On the beach, they heard from other hikers that the same bear had rushed a jar around his head nearby for up to three to four days.
Wisconsin Natural Resources Center officials had tried to trace the bear but could not reach it.
Tricia Hurtin Video put on Facebook the rescue of the bear had been viewed about 800,000 times by Sunday.