Monday, October 01, 2007

Hang in there, Bear!


Since Robb's accident, I've been really squeamish about stories that involve falling. Movies with lots of stunt falls became almost unwatchable for me. I had to turn off that new King Kong, because it freaked me out so badly.

I was delighted by the happy outcome of the story of the bear who was rescued after being spooked by traffic and jumping from a bridge in Truckee California.

Initially, officials thought there was nothing that could be done to help this animal, but when they returned the morning after it fell, and found it sleeping on the concrete girders under the bridge, they decided to take action.

They rigged a net.

Darted the bear with a sedative, and when it conked out, they poked it with a long pole until it fell into the net.

Maybe this is a normal occurrence in California, but I found this story completely enchanting.

These photos are from the BBC.


peace balance said...

A good outcome for the bear and I'm happy to see it. When I lived in Rutland VT one of the biggest yearly events was the Haloween parade. One year there was a bear in the city, it had been wandering for a few days prior to halloween. On the day of the parade it was holed up in a tree less than 1/2 a mile from the parade route and the city officials decided to kill it rather than tranquilize and relocate. Definatly a sad day.


Anonymous said...

Poking bears out from under my rafters is a standard bit of winter prepration where we live. If we could just get the bear to clean out the gutters while up there, I'd leave him alone!


. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I like to imagine the discussion:

"What do we do now, Fred?"

"I dunno. Why don't we poke it with a stick."

Anonymous said...

Oh, the possibilities for the discussion that arose around the bear's predicament. I liked what you imagined. I'm glad there was a happy ending all around on this one.
Knit Wit

Anonymous said...

Gosh I love a happy ending....



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