Bear has a biscuit ordeal

21:45, Jul 01 2014
WEDGED: The bear cub was trying to get the remains of biscuits when its head became stuck in the container. The cub then became wedged in a tree.

A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through trash and had to be rescued from a tree.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found the cookie jar on Friday night in Ringwood, near the New York border.

As the 13-kilogram animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled it over his head and it got stuck.

The cub became spooked when approached and went up a tree, but got wedged about 12 metres up.

Environmental protection staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground. After the animal was tranquilized by a department biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.