Bear cub rescued from the tree with bucket on his head after the locals hadn’t caught him for four days
Heartwarming moment when a bear cub with a bucket on its head is rescued from the top of the tree after the locals failed to catch it for a week
- Kenny the bear was left behind by his mother and found a tree in Ontario
- Trevor Buchmann, 46, rescued the cub in Kirkland Lake with Greg Elder
- The bear has removed the bucket and is now recovering in a rehabilitation center
An abandoned bear cub with its head in a plastic bucket was rescued from the top of a tree.
The bear was seen in the tree on Kirkland Lake, Ontario after locals had been unable to track him for nearly a week.
Kenogami and Greg Elder, 46-year-old Trevor Buchmann saved the cub after climbing the tree to encourage him to come down.
The bear fell into the lake, but was brought back to shore to remove the container, believed to be a protein powder container, from its head.
He was first noticed by the locals on July 15, and the men followed telephone instructions from Greg’s vet aunt, who had previously carried out bear rescues.
Kenny the bear cub was rescued from a tree on Kirkland Lake, Ontario after putting his head in a plastic bucket and left by his mother
In the video, Greg reaches out to touch Kenny who is with a bucket on his head at the base of the tree, but the cub runs up the trunk in fear.
Greg climbs to the top of the tree to try to reach the bear with a big stick, but Kenny dodges it and reaches one of the lower branches hanging above the lake.
Kenny jumps into the water and swims away from Trevor, who is waiting in the lake, back to the shore.
Trevor catches the bear and the men put a blanket over his head and put it in a cage before they take the bucket off and feed him some frozen strawberries.
Kenny climbed to the top of the tree before being followed by Greg Elder, who took instructions on rescuing his aunt’s bear, who had previously rescued bears,
The images taken on July 19 were shared by Trevor the following day with the caption, “A black bear cub has been roaming free, abandoned by mother with a bucket on its head since at least Wednesday.
“It made its way to our place yesterday, and my friend Greg Elder and I managed to get the bucket off its head and it took some chunks and strawberries.
Later Derek Elliot came from MNR and took the cub with him overnight, and today he travels to Bear With Us, outside Huntsville, where he will hibernate before being released north again next spring.
“He’s called Kenny now for the lake we hit him with to catch him.”
Kenny was brought to Bear With Us Center for Bears, a specialist rehabilitation center in Sprucedale, Ontario, on July 20 after spending the night in a kennel on Sunday.
The bear fell into the lake, but was rescued by 46-year-old Trevor Buchmann, who tucked him in a blanket, removed the bucket, and calmed him down in a dog kennel with some frozen strawberries
Trevor said CTV News: “I looked over the edge and saw the big red bucket and realized it was a little bear.
“He was exhausted and hadn’t eaten and was afraid. We had some freshly picked frozen strawberries.
“So the bear has a whole bunch of frozen strawberries.”
Kenny is the second bear in a month with a bucket on his head nearby.
The cub is released back into the wild after being introduced to some of the other orphan cubs at the rehabilitation center.