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California deputies rescue wailing bear cub trapped in dumpster

  • Associated Press

    Deputies rescue bear cub trapped in trash bin

  • PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE VIA AP / AUG. 29

    A bear cub and its mother as they attempt to enter a trash container outside a motel in Kings Beach, Calif., on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Deputies in Northern California helped a wailing baby bear reunite with its family after the cub got stuck inside the container The bear cub can be heard crying from inside the metal container in video recorded by deputies. A deputy opened the container with a pole and put a ladder inside, allowing the bear to scamper out and rejoin its family.

  • PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE VIA AP / AUG. 27

    Deputies using a pole to lift the lid of a trash container after a bear cub had fallen in and become trapped outside a motel in Kings Beach, Calif., on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Deputies in Northern California helped a wailing baby bear reunite with its family after the cub got stuck inside the container The bear cub can be heard crying from inside the metal container in video recorded by deputies. A deputy opened the container with a pole and put a ladder inside, allowing the bear to scamper out and rejoin its family.

  • PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE VIA AP / AUG. 27

    A bear cub climbing out of a trash container after depuites lifted the lid and put a ladder inside after the cub became trapped, outside a motel in Kings Beach, Calif., on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Deputies in Northern California helped a wailing baby bear reunite with its family after the cub got stuck inside the container The bear cub can be heard crying from inside the metal container in video recorded by deputies. A deputy opened the container with a pole and put a ladder inside, allowing the bear to scamper out and rejoin its family.

KINGS BEACH, CALIF. >> When a late-night trip to a trash container left a wailing bear cub stuck inside near a Lake Tahoe motel, deputies were called upon to help the cub reunite with its family.

The cub can be heard crying from inside the metal dumpster in video recorded by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday.

While their mother keeps watch, the bear’s sibling first attempts to rescue the trapped bear, initially trying to climb a light pole, to no avail.

It then climbs on the side of the trash container but fails to open the heavy lid.

Finally, deputies — who are no strangers to bears in Lake Tahoe — come to the rescue.

With the bear family a few paces away and watching from behind a tree, a deputy opens the trash container with a pole and 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.

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