This footage shows a helpless young bear with its head stuck in a plastic bucket for several hours that had to be rescued by firemen.
The rare animal, believed to be a brown bear (Ursus arctos) or an unidentified subspecies, was spotted by construction workers after it stumbled onto their worksite with the yellow bucket over its head on 14th June.
Video Credit: AsiaWire
Forestry authorities in Zhiduo County, which is in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in north-western China’s Qinghai Province, were called to assist the bear, which they said was roughly two years of age.
The animal is thought to have been foraging for food when it trapped its head in the yellow bucket.
Authorities said it had been discovered near an under-construction canal, and it sustained minor injuries to its limbs while running around with its vision obstructed.
Footage of the rescue shows wildlife rangers coaxing the bear up the riverbank, after which they were able to secure it with ropes in order to prevent it from running away and injuring itself further.
In the video, the young bear is seen twisting and turning, with images showing authorities having to physically pull the bucket from its head afterwards.
Fortunately, the animal suffered no serious injuries and was released back into the wild, authorities said.
Brown bears are a Class II protected species in mainland China, where hunting of the animal and the trade of its body parts are prohibited.
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