KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Brave deputies in Northern California helped a wailing baby bear reunite with its family after the cub got stuck inside a trash container outside a motel near Lake Tahoe.
The bear cub can be heard crying from inside the metal container in video recorded by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday in Kings Beach.
While their mother keeps watch, the bear’s sibling climbs the container but fails to open the heavy lid.
The deputies come to the rescue.
With the bear family away and watching from behind a tree, a deputy opens the container lid with a pole, while a second deputy quickly places a ladder inside the container.
The deputies back away, allowing the cub to climb the ladder and scurry off to rejoin its family.