A Juneau, Alaska, couple was prepping for their child’s birthday party at their home when they received a visit from a surprise party crasher — a 180-pound black bear who fell through the skylight. The couple ran out of the room, but the bear wasn’t about to show himself out before he got a chance to nom on the party cupcakes. I can’t say I blame him. Who would walk away from free cupcakes?
The couple told the CBC:
“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking … And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like one meter away from me.”
They opened a door leading to their backyard and yelled at the critter until he finally decided he was good and ready to saunter back outside.
According to Ryan Scott of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, “There probably isn’t a neighborhood or place where we have homes where the potential isn’t there for you to run into a bear or observe a bear.” The bear was a “juvenile male” (read: hormonal teenage bear) and sadly, he was killed soon after the incident. Local officials believed he was likely the same bear that entered another home in the same area, so they made the tough choice to prevent future threats to human lives. Call me idealistic, but in situations like this I always wonder why the animals in question can’t be moved to a fenced-in sanctuary or something rather than just be killed.
I hope he’s eating lots of cupcakes in bear heaven.