This is the moment a polar bear in a zoo is stuck in a plastic barrel which ends up wrapped tightly around the middle of its body as it thrashes around in water trying not to drown.
The incident occurred at Perm Zoo in the city of Perm in Perm Krai, Russia, after the polar bear had been given two sections of a plastic barrel as toys.
Video Credit: CEN/PermZoo
In the video, the polar bear can be seen with the blue barrel around its neck as it swims around its enclosure.
The bear thrashes around the water seemingly trying to get out of the barrel but the plastic ends up moving further down its body. The barrel is wrapped tightly around the bear’s body and it then enters a smaller enclosure.
Zookeepers then use a metal hook to help free the bear and it manages to squeeze itself out of the plastic.
Local media report the director of the zoo worked with zoologists and a veterinarian to help free the polar bear which was not injured in the incident.
Perm Zoo began in 1922 with a small “nature corner” in Perm Regional Museum, and began working as an independent organisation in 1933.
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