Flying Bear Nails Perfect Landing On Air Mattress [PHOTO]

04/30/2012

This is what it looks like, when bears fly.

bear flys out of tree


Onlookers at the University of Colorado at Boulder watched a 200-pound tranquilized black bear fall from a tree onto a mattress on campus last week. According to University officials, a black bear estimated between three and five-years-old wandered onto the campus and broke into the dorm rooms and the car park before working its way up into a tree.

[Related: Woman punches bears lights out to save her dog-- this site]

"It was like, 'Excuse me, pardon me, coming through.' It was running full speed," a witness named Rhonda Chestnutt told the Denver Post. "I felt privileged to have the encounter."

bear falls from tree

After hanging out for two hours about 15 feet up into the tree, wildlife officials hit the bear with a tranquilizer dart. To get the bear down safely, the team set up cushy mattresses to break the bear's fall and the bear was subsequently be relocated at a higher elevation, after being tagged.

View the video of the bear falling from a tree at the University of Colorado at Boulder below.


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