A Wisconsin family rescued a young bear after he was left with a plastic container attached to his head.
Tricia Hurt, her husband Brian and son Brady were fishing on Lake Marsh-Miller on Sunday when they found the distressed black bear.
“We knew that if we didn’t do something, we are sure that it would not make it to the coast,” Tricia Hurt told CNN. “It was really puffing, my husband said.”
The family appeared behind the bear, and Brian pulled the tub, but lost control – but he realized that the bear’s ear was loose. They went around the boat and, after a final tug, the bear was free and swam safely to the beach.
Hurt said the entire ordeal lasted about five minutes.
“We were so excited! We did our good deed for the day. We will never do that again, and it was good to help the poor bear. You don’t like watching the animals fight,” said Hurt.
When they returned to the resort bar, the news of their brave act had already spread thanks to some campers watching on the beach.
The Hurts found out from the people at the bar that the bear was running around with the bathtub on for three to four days.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was contacted several times, but was unable to locate it thanks to the rural, wooded landscape, Hurt said.
“We would not publish the video,” said Hurt. “But we wanted everyone to know that the bear was fine.”
Since Hurt posted the video to his Facebook on Sunday, he accumulated almost 800,000 views.