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This undated photo provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection shows a bear cub who was rescued after getting its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar. The cub was rummaging through trash on Friday, June 27, 2014. After the animal was tranquilized by a DEP biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head. (AP Photo/NJ Department of Environmental Protection)
Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar
First Published Jul 01 2014 06:01 pm • Last Updated Jul 01 2014 07:33 pm

Ringwood, N.J. • 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 in New Jersey.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub found the jar of animal crackers Friday night in Ringwood, near the New York border. As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he pulled it over his head and it got stuck. The cub became spooked when approached and climbed up a tree but got wedged about 40 feet up. Department staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell. After the animal was tranquilized by a biologist, it was brought down and firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.

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