California deputies rescue wailing bear trapped in dumpster

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Baby Bear Rescued

This Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 photo from video, first in a sequence, released by the Placer County Sheriff's Office, shows a bear cub and its mother as they attempt to enter a trash container outside a motel in Kings Beach, Calif., on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Deputies in Northern California helped a wailing baby bear reunite with its family after the cub got stuck inside the container The bear cub can be heard crying from inside the metal container in video recorded by deputies. A deputy opened the container with a pole and put a ladder inside, allowing the bear to scamper out and rejoin its family. (Placer County Sheriff's Office via AP)

KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) — When a late-night trip to a trash container left a wailing bear cub stuck inside near a Lake Tahoe motel, deputies were called upon to help the cub reunite with its family.

The cub can be heard crying from inside the metal dumpster in video recorded by Placer County Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday.

While their mother keeps watch, the bear's sibling first attempts to rescue the trapped bear, initially trying to climb a light pole, to no avail.

It then climbs on the side of the trash container but fails to open the heavy lid.

Finally, deputies — who are no strangers to bears in Lake Tahoe — come to the rescue.

With the bear family a few paces away and watching from behind a tree, a deputy opens the trash container with a pole and a second deputy quickly places a ladder inside the container.

The deputies back away, allowing the cub to climb the ladder and scurry off to rejoin its family.