Bear rescued from rafters at Virginia manufacturing plant

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June 10 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Virginia were summoned to a manufacturing plant when a bear somehow ended up stranded in the ceiling rafters.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources posted a photo to Facebook showing the bear clinging to the rafters about 20 feet off the ground without any clear methods of climbing back down.


Employees at the business, a Volvo manufacturing plant in Pulaski County, were kept in the cafeteria while state biologists worked on a plan to safely remove the bear from its predicament.

"After assessing the situation, it was apparent to staff that given the location of the bear, odds were low that it would soon safely leave on its own," the Facebook post said.

The department said a "chemical immobilization dart" was used to keep the bear from struggling while officials used heavy equipment, including a forklift, to bring the animal back down to the ground level.


The bear was examined by a veterinarian and found to be uninjured before being transported to "a suitable site for release," the department said.

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