News

Jersey’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ gets head stuck in cookie jar

Jersey’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ gets head stuck in cookie jar

POOR BEAR!:The bear cub was rescued and is recovering. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – A bear cub who failed to heed the lessons of Winnie the Pooh and got a cookie jar stuck on his head was recovering on Tuesday after being rescued from 40 feet up in a tree by New Jersey state environmental workers.

The 28-pound male cub was rummaging through garbage in a residential section of Ringwood in northwest New Jersey, when he discovered a container of animal crackers with some sweet leftovers inside and pushed his snout in for a snack, said Larry Ragonese, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The bear got spooked when someone approached him and scooted up a tree, becoming wedged in the branches with the jar on his head, about 40 feet up.

Department biologist Kelcey Burguess climbed up after the cub and following a brief tussle, tranquilized him with a needle in his paw and carried him down.

“It’s only 28 pounds but it has claws and was unhappy,” said Ragonese, who said firefighters cut off the jar and workers dunked the dehydrated bear in a barrel of water to help revive him.

The cub is now recovering at an undisclosed animal rehabilitation center, where he will likely remain for up to six weeks before being released into the wild.

“Maybe someone should call him ‘Cookie’,” Ragonese said.

He urged residents of northwest New Jersey – where there are more black bears per square mile than anywhere else in the United States – to secure their garbage against the rummaging animals.

The cub, meanwhile, he said, has likely learned his own lesson.

“Like Winnie the Pooh said, ‘Don’t get a jar stuck on your head,'” Ragonese said.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Eric Beech)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Member of Jesse White Tumblers Shot

Murdered Chicago teen a member of Jesse White Tumblers.

in Local

Durbin Weighs In on Senate Proposal to Revoke NFL Non-Profit Status

dickdurbin1

Dick Durbin says he's still deciding on the U.S. Senate proposal that would revoke the NFL's non-profit designation.

in Local

Rauner Tells GOP Not to Expect Favors if He is Elected

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says he won't offer any patronage jobs to GOP members if he wins.

in Local

Illinois Awards $25.8M in Health Outreach Grants

Health

Most of the same Illinois organizations that helped consumers sign up for insurance in the first year of the Affordable Care Act will receive additional funding for a second year.

in Local

Quinn: No Point in Plan B for Pension Overhaul

pension

Amid signals that Illinois' pension overhaul could be found unconstitutional, Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan.