The “bucket bear” of western Pennsylvania was finally freed with the help of a group of volunteers.
The black bear, whose plight in Perry Township, Clarion County, lasted perhaps six to eight weeks, had become the subject of a Facebook page, Save the Bucket Bear.
That helped inspire a rescue effort that began Monday. As seen on video shot by Samantha Eigenbrod, her boyfriend, Dean Hornberger, chased down the bear and tugged on the object – actually part of a tractor-trailer device – to no avail before the bear got away.
Several others joined the effort, managed to pile on the bear in a mudhole, and held the animal still while a hacksaw was used to crack open the container. The bear fled immediately. Assisting were Shawn Balcita, Eric Kribbel and Kaitlyn Lakin, according to PennLive.com, the website for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.