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Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 August 2018

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing a failed rescue attempt.

A man in Yakutia tried to help a helpless brown bear. Picture: The Siberian Times

A video on social media shows a man trying to pull a young brown bear’s head out of a canister in  the  Sakha Republic, Russia's coldest region. 

The exact location on the footage is unknown, but it is believed to have been filmed around Neryungri in the south of  the region, also called Yakutia. 

The bear is believed to have been scavenging for food, possibly on the rubbish dump.

The local Minister of Ecology ordered all rangers in the area to be on the  lookout to save the bear which cannot eat while its face is wedged inside the large tin.

Spokesman Anna Nalimova said: ‘The Ministry’s hunting department sent a note to all inspections in the south of Yakutia, asking to figure out where the video was filmed.’ 

Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 

It is still unclear where the video was filmed. Pictures: The Siberian Times


On the footage two men speak Russian as one tries to pull off a green-coloured canister trapped on the brown bear’s head with what looks like a bicycle tyre. 

A middle-aged man keeps saying ‘Misha (a common Russian name for a bear), Misha, wait’ as he throws the tyre  over the bear’s neck and then tries to leverage the canister free.

The bear at first seems to welcome the help but then grows more nervous - unable to see.

At some point his friend suggests to drive away to bring a boat hook, and also says they should tie the bear in order to free it.  

The man makes four attempts to aid the beast - but gives up as the canister is too tight. 

Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 

Rangers are on a lookout for the bear. Pictures: The Siberian Times


The bear doesn’t make any noises but is clearly in pain, walking across and along the mud track in the middle of Siberian taiga. 

It is unclear what was inside the canister that attracted the bear. 

There have been many reports in Yakutia about bears coming to explore rubbish sites.

Earlier this summer hunters had to be called to protect a children camp under a siege from a brown bear with two cubs. 

Two years ago, a polar bear had to be sedated to remove a tin can that became wedged to its mouth. 

Watch the video of the failed rescue attempts below; pictures of a polar bear cub who had to be sedated after a tin can got wedged to its mouth

Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 


Search on for brown bear with its head stuck in a canister 

Rangers in Yakutia are on a lookout after watching a video showing  a failed rescue attempt. 



Comments (5)

This is terrible. The bear clearly needs to be sedated first before attempting a rescue. Not having proper infrastructure is the reason it was probably left to die with the canister on his head. Otherwise the man who was attempting the rescue would know how to contact rangers and let them handle this issue.
W, amur region
30/08/2018 03:44
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this is very sad . hope the matter was resolved in a healthy way
Russia Man, Russia
29/08/2018 23:35
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You can seriously be that cruel and leave it to he's head. some one can do this by leaving honey bottom of canister. What i have found from forest now at least 4 times during 3 past years is bottles filled dead black beetles.Tens and hundreds. Its a lot, all beetles from whole small forest, and neighbors too. There is something in bottle what attracts them and it is deadly trap, they cant come out. Perhaps they go there for winter and it freezes. So i have started to pick bottles whit me and its also civilizing old bottles have marks to study, i have learned about alcohol laws in USA 1940 es, example
Sarianna, Tervamäki
28/08/2018 13:15
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Nawli??
Ana, New york
28/08/2018 01:22
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蛤蛤蛤!让人想起中国民间故事,用竹筒捉马熊!本以为只是胡编,看来是有根据的,这是一种古老的狩猎方式,就是利用了熊的这种习性。可怜的熊!
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
27/08/2018 10:11
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