(PENN LIVE) The Bucket Bear of Perry Township, Clarion County, is free. An ad hoc group of volunteers managed to cut through and remove what appeared to be a large plastic bucket from the young black bear's head.
The bear immediately bolted out from under Shawn Balcita, who was laying atop the animal to pin it to the ground, "jumped up and ran right away," said Dean Hornberger, of Sligo, another of the rescue volunteers.
According to Krissy Elder, a Seneca, Pa., woman who helped to draw attention to the bear's plight through a "Save the Bucket Bear" Facebook page launched late on Sunday, the bear was observed with the bucket on its head repeatedly over the past month, although other reports say it was first seen in that condition as early as July 4.
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