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After a day of fishing on Marsh-Miller Lake on Saturday, the Hurt family was headed back to the boat landing when they noticed something floating in the water.
Brady Hurt, 26, thought it might be a rock, until he saw it move. His father, Brian Hurt, 52, said it was probably a dog. But his mother, Tricia Hurt, 52, realized it was something more unusual.
“I said, ‘That ain’t no dog. I think that’s a bear,'” Tricia Hurt told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We got closer and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s a bear that got hungry and got its head stuck in a bucket.'”
The young black bear was swimming across the lake on Sunday evening, struggling to breathe with a plastic cheese ball container around its head. Luckily for that bear, the Hurt family staged a successful rescue mission.
Tricia Hurt posted a video to Facebook on Sunday of the family’s efforts save the young bear. Her son Brady maneuvered their fishing boat while her husband Brian leaned over the edge, reaching toward the bear.
“We got a bear here. Poor thing’s got a tub on its head,” she narrates in the video. As the Hurts approach in their boat, the bear can be seen swimming away. “Oh, he’s scared,” she says.