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Maryland Wildlife Workers Aid Bear With Head Stuck in Can

  • Associated Press

In this photo provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife and Heritage Service, a male black bear rests with its head stuck in a milk can near Thurmont, Md., Nov. 16, 2015.

In this photo provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife and Heritage Service, a male black bear rests with its head stuck in a milk can near Thurmont, Md., Nov. 16, 2015.

In an episode reminiscent of "Winnie the Pooh,'' Maryland state wildlife workers used an electric handsaw to remove a milk can that was stuck on the head of a bear.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karis King said the wildlife response team was called early Monday to a rural location near Thurmont to rescue an adult male black bear whose head was stuck inside a metal milk can.

King said the bear was calm, but the workers tranquilized him for safety reasons before carefully removing the can. She said the animal regained consciousness, lifted his head and walked into the nearby woods.

The bear weighed 175 to 200 pounds, she said.

In the children's story, a bear named Pooh gets his head stuck in a honey jar.

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