In a heartwarming rescue operation, a Florida FWC officer and a bear biologist spent two hours under the hot sun trying to free a baby bear cub that had its paw stuck in a tree. Despite initial efforts, including using dish soap to make the paw slippery, the cub remained stuck. The team then borrowed a chainsaw from a local resident and carefully cut the tree while holding the cub to avoid its claws and teeth. Once freed, they conducted a quick medical check on the cub before releasing it to find its mother. While the rescue had a happy ending, the team acknowledged the potential danger had the mother bear appeared during the rescue, noting that the situation could have escalated dramatically.
Photo Credit: Andy Holmes