Cop Rescues Bear Cub In Middle Of Road, Decides He Must Help And Jumps Out Of Car

 

Time To Act Fast

If you saw a ferocious bear standing in the middle of the road and you had places to go, what would you do? One brave police officer faced this dilemma. However, he was soon forced to act quickly. State Trooper Thomas Owens needed to make sure that all the drivers who were stuck in traffic were safe from the claws of a fierce bear in the middle of the road. Eventually, though, he realized why the beast wouldn’t move…

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Born To Be A State Trooper

Just a few years ago, Thomas Owens never thought he would’ve had to deal with a gigantic bear in the middle of a busy road. Back when he was a senior at high school, many of his friends were moving onto college, where they would eventually become doctors, lawyers, and teachers. As for him, he was planning on becoming a state trooper. Fast forward a few years, and Thomas is now part of the New Hampshire State Police.

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Born To Be A State Trooper

He Answered The Call

After establishing himself as a respected member of the New Hampshire State Police, the day eventually came when Thomas would have to confront the fierce bear. One day, an anonymous source reported to the police force that a bear was spotted on a road close to Bretton Woods Ski Resort. In collaboration with Carroll police, Thomas drove down to the reported location. One thing’s for sure, this isn’t the first time that a bear has caused problems here…

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He Answered The Call

Protected Wilderness

Bretton Woods is a majestic part of the world. Spanning over 700 acres of land, this is a beautiful area that not only attracts skiers but is home to a wide variety of wildlife. With over 200 species of bird living in this region, as well as many sightings of bears, it should come as no surprise that these woods are well protected. Surely enough, Thomas was about to see something the likes of which he has never seen before…

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Protected Wilderness

Worst Traffic

As he drove towards the location where the bear reportedly stood, Thomas couldn’t believe how many cars were waiting in traffic. The long line of cars was stretching for miles. Thankfully, as a state trooper, he was able to pass through to see what all the fuss was about. By the time he arrived at the scene, the entire space had been blocked off. Even when he was many yards away from the bear, he could see that she posed a potential threat…

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Worst Traffic

Danger Ahead

Obviously, police treat any case where there is a bear involved very seriously. There is no denying that bears can be extremely dangerous if one gets too close to them. The black bear was huge and if she was disturbed, there was a good chance that she could act violently. As a state trooper, Thomas had undergone training in how to deal with dangerous creatures, including bears. However, there was one thing he needed to do before attending to the bear…

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Danger Ahead

Everyone Turn Around

After briefly assessing the situation from a distance, Thomas began to shout to the driver in front to turn around, head back the other way and to pass the message down the long line of traffic. The police also put up large steel sheets in order to ensure a safe blockade between the drivers and the bear. While the drivers were now fairly safe and began to go the other way, Thomas was still there, waiting to confront the bear…

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Everyone Turn Around

Pacing Back & Forth

As Thomas tried to get closer to the bear, he noticed something strange about her. For some reason, she was pacing back and forth from one side of the road to the other. It was something he’s never seen before. Usually, a bear might sit still in similar cases, but this was a unique situation. Thomas couldn’t quite put his finger on why the bear was moving in such a peculiar way. Why not just move off the road?

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Pacing Back & Forth

Getting Closer

Now, there were no cars in sight and Thomas was still a fair amount of distance away from the bear. At this point, he seized the opportunity to get even closer to the bear who was still pacing back and forth. Even though Thomas got so close, the bear was far too preoccupied to even notice him. The state trooper wondered what could be possibly troubling the bear. Soon enough though, Thomas understood why the bear was behaving so strangely…

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Getting Closer

She’s A Mother

It was at this stage that Thomas finally understood the reason behind the bear’s irrational behavior. She had not one, not two, but three cubs! They were all following her as she went from one side of the road to the other, and back again. It was clear that despite their small stature, the three cubs were very strong and could keep up with their humongous mother. However, the next thing that Thomas saw truly explained the mother’s behavior…

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She’s A Mother

There Was Another Cub

While it’s surprisingly rare for a mother bear to have three cubs at once, Thomas was amazed to see that a fourth one was also at the scene. However, the little one wasn’t moving, which immediately explained why the mother and her other cubs were pacing back and forth. While they were determined to move along, the mother kept noticing that the fourth cub wasn’t getting up. It was at this stage that Thomas witnessed something remarkable…

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There Was Another Cub

Get Up, Son!

Thomas was lost for words when he saw the mother’s maternal instinct creep in for her fourth cub. As she walked up to the motionless bear cub, she lowered her head and nudged him with her nose. In fact, she had been constantly doing this every time she paced from one side of the road to the other. However, the cub still didn’t move. Thomas was in for another big shock when the mother bear threw another curveball his way…

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Get Up, Son!

Left Behind

It was clear that the mother bear assumed that her cub was a lost cause, due to his lack of movement. Thomas knew that something wasn’t right but simply had to watch the moment play out. After a few minutes of pacing and nudging, the mother ultimately decided to move on with her other cubs and return to the woods. Naturally, Thomas was upset with what happened. However, from where he could see, the cub still looked very much alive…

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Left Behind

He Rushed To The Cub

Now that the coast was clear, Thomas knew that he needed to act quickly. He rushed over to the abandoned cub to check his condition. Knowing all too well that the mother bear could return and attack him, he quickly inspected the cub. There it lay, with its eyes closed and unable to move. Then, Thomas couldn’t believe his eyes when the cub finally managed to get up on all fours. Had he finally recovered?

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He Rushed To The Cub

He Collapsed Again

Despite getting up and appearing to have recovered, the bear cub lost balance once again and collapsed to the ground. It was clear to Thomas that the cub was sick and needed immediate medical attention. So he picked the poor little thing in his arms and rushed him back to his car. He drove the cub to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Center. However, it wouldn’t take long before Thomas picked up the cub again and went somewhere else…

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He Collapsed Again

Medical Care

Thomas and the officers at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Center knew that the little cub needed proper medical attention. As a result, they decided to transport him to a rehab center in Lyme, New Hampshire, instead. As soon as he arrived at the center, a team of vets and nurses took the bear cub off his hands and attended to him. Despite working on the cub all night long, they had some updates that Thomas didn’t want to hear…

Medical Care

Chances Of Survival Were Slim

It was clear that the cub’s chances of survival were hanging on a thread. While the vets and nurses were taking care of the cub, Thomas knew that it surely would have perished had the authorities not arrived at the scene in time. Moreover, had the mother stayed with the sick cub, she could’ve put the rest of her cubs in danger too. Then, Thomas learned something mindblowing about the mother bear that had happened that day…

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Chances Of Survival Were Slim

Other Cubs Were Missing

As Thomas’s story became the talk of the town, officials eventually broke the news to him that the mother bear who he had encountered earlier that day actually had five cubs with her at the beginning. This meant that on the same day, she had lost not one, but two of her litter. Whether she lost the other one or abandoned it was unclear. At any rate, Thomas knew exactly what he needed to do next…

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Other Cubs Were Missing

The Search Is On

Determined to bring this broken family back together, Thomas organized a meeting with a team of state troopers and planned a search. While the fourth cub was still in medical care, Thomas wouldn’t rest until he found the fifth one. They explored the woods with a group of K9 units, who would surely be able to sniff out any form of life. After many long hours of searching, Thomas’s efforts were brought to a surprising conclusion…

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The Search Is On

He Found The Fifth One!

Amazingly, when everything was said and done, Thomas and the Carroll police managed to locate the fifth cub’s whereabouts! It would come to pass that the cub was actually located close to where his mother had been pacing back and forth just a couple of days beforehand. Needless to say, Thomas was absolutely delighted to find the little one. It wouldn’t take long before the state trooper received even more good news that would bring this story to a close…

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He Found The Fifth One!

Full Recovery

Thankfully, after a couple of days of intensive care, both the fourth and fifth bear cub made a full recovery and the nurses were able to bottle feed them in peace. However, both Thomas and the vets knew that they couldn’t hang onto the cubs forever. While both of them appearing to be very stressed when first found, they were now happy and healthy now. Yet Thomas knew that he needed to do one more thing for the adorable cubs…

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Full Recovery

Planned Reunion

Now that the cubs are healthy and happy, Thomas and the rehab center are determined to reunite them with the mother, helping to make this family complete once again. However, they will need to remain at the center in order to reach full strength. Only then will the center release the two bears back into the wild. While the reunion hasn’t happened just yet, Thomas was in store for some good news in light of his heroic adventure…

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Planned Reunion

Local Hero

Not only did the New Hampshire State Police praise Thomas for his vigilance in caring for the bear cub, but many people on social media also had great things to say about Thomas, who had gone above and beyond to make sure that nobody, no matter how big, small or furry, would be left behind. One thing is for sure, the bears of Carroll, New Hampshire can count on Thomas to keep a watchful, loving eye over them.

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Local Hero

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