Luckily it did not get hurt either.
By Lindsey Wiebe, Winnipeg Free Press
WINNIPEG — A curious young black bear became an unlikely stowaway after getting stuck in a train this week and being carried on a 12-hour trip to Winnipeg.
Staff at the CP Rail yards in Winnipeg were doing an inspection late Sunday night when they noticed a black object under a train.
It turned out to be a bear cub with its head stuck in a 10-to-12-centimetre hole at the bottom of the train, behind the wheels and above the braking system, said Manitoba Conservation natural resource officer Blake Patterson. The bear's body was supported by part of the train's frame, as well as brake lines and cables.
There wasn't pressure on the animal's head, said Patterson, it just couldn't get itself free.
Officials believe the cub became an accidental passenger in the Manitoba town of Foxwarren near the Saskatchewan border and was stuck as the train rolled east to Winnipeg.
Conservation workers came first thing Monday morning and tranquillized the bear. It was kept in a live trap for another 24 hours so the drugs could wear off, which Patterson said took longer than normal.
"We gave her a little extra time, because she was still very tired, from probably the stress of the whole situation," he said.
The bear was released into the Agassiz Provincial Forest on Tuesday.
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