Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Black Bear Cub Goes Grocery Shopping
Dozens of shoppers at Ketchikan's Tatsuda's IGA grocery store got a surprise when a black bear cub walked into the stores front entrance and proceeded to climb on top of the produce last Saturday.
So, a bear walks into a local grocery store… and, no it’s not the start of a bad joke.
A black bear cub ambled into Tatsuda's IGA grocery store in Ketchikan, Alaska, Saturday while dozens of people were inside shopping.
When a call came over the intercom that there was a bear in the produce section, what many thought was a joke turned out to be an actual cub climbing on top of the produce.
The peculiar sight quickly drew a small crowd.
The meat department manager says it was sheer luck that he was able to capture the event on his video camera.
“He jumped, he just hopped right up there actually trying to get away, get somewhere high and that’s why he just kind of ransacked it. Then we had to take everything out of there and sanitize the whole case,” said Joseph Stollar.
The bear cub was eventually captured by an off-duty firefighter and released back in the wild.
The whole episode lasted only eight minutes, while cleaning the mess the baby bear left behind took eight hours.
Several thousands of dollars worth of damaged produce was donated to a livestock owner.