Wisconsin lumberjack saves black bear with milk jug stuck on its head

Logger Garrett Smith's heroic actions were captured in a cellphone video.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   July 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

RICE LAKE, Wis., July 7 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin lumberjack couldn't bear to see an animal suffering in a Rick Lake cornfield, so he got permission from the field's owner to use a forwarder machine to come to the rescue.

Logger Garrett Smith used the machine to free a black bear that had gotten its head jammed into an old milk can.

The weather on the day of the rescue was warm and Smith was worried that the bear would suffer a serious injury if it wasn't freed quickly.

In a cellphone video of the rescue, the bear can be seen running back into the woods after Smith and the forwarder got him free.

Darby Simpson, Smith's girlfriend, told WEAU the video was taken by the landowner.

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