Bear Cubs Rescued from Dumpster

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 2, 2012 12

All bear cubs appear to be incredibly curious, and black bear cubs are no exception. However, this penchant for wanderlust and exploration can sometimes result in some thrilling — but not exactly welcome — adventures.

Watch this one-minute video posed by Sliced Tea on YouTube. Mother bear is frantic: three of her cubs have fallen inside a roadside dumpster.

Luckily for these youngsters, some quick-thinking onlookers were able to come to the rescue!


  1. Diane - Malaysia August 2, 2012 at 4:38 am -

    Yaaaay!! For once humans actually did a good deed! 🙂

  2. Travis August 2, 2012 at 9:17 am -


  3. Craig B. August 2, 2012 at 10:04 am -

    That video has gone viral. great idea by the locals to help out the cubs. good conservation measure. they took a little risk as the mama bear could have been trouble.

  4. Sugandha Iyer August 3, 2012 at 4:56 am -

    Your posts are always interesting and specially this one is really cute.

  5. James August 3, 2012 at 5:36 am -

    Yeah… give the girl the ladder… Ha!

    Seriously though, good job, people!

  6. T.S August 3, 2012 at 7:22 am -

    Nice rescue, too bad it was human error that caused the situation to begin with (close the bear proof lid people!!)

  7. Vanessa Allen August 3, 2012 at 11:08 am -

    Shared to twitter and FB, Glad some enterprising and caring people found the cubs and weren’t deterred by presence of the mother bear.

  8. Husein Amiji August 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm -


  9. MH August 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm -

    This happening took place in Ruidoso, NM, which is in Lincoln County (Lincoln National Forest and the original Smokey the Bear country). We have magnificant wildlife up here and thank goodness those cubs were discovered and given a little assistance.

    • HELEN ILTIS August 4, 2012 at 11:06 am -


  10. Elena August 7, 2012 at 4:36 am -

    Nice as this viral video is… I would be willing to bet Mom had a plan to extract them herself.

  11. Arthur August 10, 2012 at 6:02 am -

    Wonderful, it’s good to see that there are great caring people out there.
    In this case how to make the dumpster bear cub safe!