Bear with a bucket on its head! Bear with a bucket on its head!

September 2, 2014

Here is a story about a bear that had a bucket on its head (as you may have gathered from the headline) (imagine if the headline was a lie and this was really a post about the manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index going up, by the way. How angry would you be? I’d be pretty angry).

There is some good news for people worried about the bear with a bucket on its head: The bear no longer has the bucket on its head. The bear, which was nicknamed the “Bucket Bear,” because it was a bear with a bucket on its head, was freed from its cylindrical prison Monday afternoon.

How was it freed? Well, the only way a bear can be freed from a bucket (on its head) in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours: A bunch of people gathered around the bear and cut the bucket off of the bear’s head. (“I said right away, ‘We’re going to have to go out there tomorrow morning and see if we can help this thing,’ ” Dean Hornberger, one of the people who rescued the bear, told the Patriot-News.)

And there is video of the rescue, of course, because if you are going to cut a bucket off of a bear’s head, you need to have video footage of this daring rescue, so that future generations can — wait for it, because the next two words are the main reasons (other than the video) that I wrote this post — bear witness.

[pauses for applause]

Anyway, here’s some video of the bear rescue:

A group in Clarion County, Pa., rescued a bear that had been roaming the area with a bucket stuck to his head, and filmed its release. (Dean H. via YouTube)

It is just like Margaret Mead used to say: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can help a bear get a bucket off of its head. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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Mark Berman · September 2, 2014