“They were sort of cowering down there.”
A mother bear in Connecticut screamed out for assistance when she realised she had strayed too far into a storm drain. In the middle of the night, her frantic cries reverberated throughout a residential neighbourhood.
The bear probably entered the storm drain system after getting a drink at a nearby stream, but it soon became too lost inside to find its way out.
Time was of the importance since the bear was not alone; she was going with two small babies.
The mother bear was already on high alert when rescuers arrived. In the hopes that she would use the log to climb up through the entrance, the rescuers lowered a ladder and a log into the storm drain that was closest to the victim. The mother bear instead fled the objects, leading her cubs deeper into the drainage system.
The DEEP state biologists assigned to save the bears as well as local and state environmental police officers remained committed to saving the bear family. They carefully inserted the ladder and log into the opening next to where the mother bear had fled after removing them from the first storm drain.
Even though the mother bear was still terrified, she didn’t flee the second time. Instead, she remained at the bottom of the ladder, using her body to protect her babies. She didn’t move aside from making eye contact with one of the state biologists who had lowered themselves into the drain to check on the bears.
Local photographer Libby Lord, who recorded the rescue on video, described the victims as “kind of cowering down there” in a Facebook post.
One of the researchers began imitating a bear cub call from above the surface because they had run out of options for getting the mother bear to climb up the log on her own.
Within minutes, the mother bear swiftly peered through the entrance in the storm drain to see if the bear pup was still there.
“After everyone had returned to a safe distance from her place, waiting in silence, and watching… Mommy’s head suddenly appeared! “, Lord penned. She then down from the tree, looked about, and returned to call the cubs to come out as well.
The first cub was able to ascend the storm drain by himself, but the second cub required assistance. The mother bear immediately raised him to the surface after crawling back down into the storm drain.
The family of three raced off together in search of a peaceful grove of trees with all four paws securely planted on the ground.
Nearly as relieved as the mother bear was to finally get her cubs to safety, locals and rescue workers were happy to put the challenging effort of saving the bears behind them.