Firefighters use ‘Jaws of Life’ to free black bear from milk can

ROSEAU, Minn. — Minnesota firefighters did whatever it took to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources arrived on scene to find a young male bear with its head stuck in an old 10-gallon milk can.

Rescuers tried cooking oil to free the bear, but that didn’t work so they drilled three holes in the can so the panting bear could breathe.

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After about two hours, the Roseau Fire Department was called, and they had to use the “Jaws of Life” — which is normally used to extricate car accident victims — and a spreader to pry the can off the bear’s head.

After the bear was freed, the seemingly healthy animal ran into the woods.