Bouncy House Bear Fall, When a black bear climbed a tree in a central Arkansas city and refused to come down, authorities turned to unconventional rescue tools: bouncy houses.
Foster the Bear — named for the residential street where he holed up in a tree — wouldn’t budge from his branch Monday. So, authorities turned to a local hardware store owner who rents inflatable houses and castles for children’s birthday parties.
They asked him to set up two of the bouncy contraptions beneath the tree. Then, wildlife officials shot the bear with tranquilizer darts.
“He would slide to one side, and we’re like, ‘Oh, oh, oh, he’s going to come down, he’s going to come down,’ ” Conway police spokeswoman La Tresha Woodruff said. “And then he’d balance himself again.”
Foster finally passed out, but he still didn’t come down from his perch. Eventually, firefighters turned a hose on him until he tumbled down onto the edge of the inflatables below.
The bear, about a year old, wasn’t hurt, though he did land in between a blow-up castle and the other inflatable house — kind of “like if you get something stuck between the wall and the bed,” as Woodruff put it.
Spectators who had been watching the bear in the tree for hours cheered and clapped, Woodruff said.