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Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

Published July 1, 2014 6:01 pm

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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.