California wildlife officials said a 1-year-old bear dubbed Cinnamon by admirers is headed home after hitching a 75-mile ride on a garbage truck.
The California Department of Fish and Game said the 80-pound bear, known to locals around Hume Lake as Cinnamon, apparently fell asleep in a dumpster and napped through the 75-mile garbage truck ride to a dump in Fresno.
“About halfway down the mountains my truck is going from side to side and I’m thinking it’s the road. Not knowing. I have a bear in my compactor,” garbage truck driver K.C. told KGPE-TV.
The bear was spotted running loose in the streets of Fresno Tuesday before being tranquilized by wildlife officials.
“Very rarely does something like this happen,” Dan Fidler of the California Department of Fish and Game told KFSN-TV. “But, as you know, wildlife has a way of defying all the things we think about it.”
Fidler said Cinnamon was not injured during his adventure and will be returned to Hume Lake.
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