This bear was stuck in a tree until he got shot with a tranquilizer gun

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Because of Boulder, Colorado's proximity to a bear-friendly habitat in the foothills to the west, bears often find themselves prowling through town in the summertime. Sometimes, they get stuck in trees, like this lil' guy, whose mom pushed him out on his own and accidentally got stuck in a tree on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.


According to NBC Colorado, a bear climbed into the tree on campus Friday morning. It stayed there for about four hours, the Boulder Daily Camera reports, before falling to the ground after Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers shot it with a tranquilizer gun and then caught it with some gym mats from the university.

And thanks to the Boulder Daily Camera's excellent photo staff, there is a photo of the moment the bear fell, tranquilized, from the tree into the mats:


Look at that guy on the right in the background. He's like, damn, that bear is just falling out of a tree rn. I bet he's never seen a tranquilized bear fall into a bunch of gym mats. And the dude in the foreground FOR SURE has never seen a tranquilized bear fall into a bunch of gym mats. Look at him! It's like he's understanding for the first time that this world is not just a cold, dark, and fundamentally meaningless place, but one with the capacity to produce wonder and beauty.

Guy on the left is like, "Dang, that bear is gonna hit that tree huh."

UPDATE: More bear pics!

This image was removed due to legal reasons.

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.

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