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WATCH: Bear spotted hitching a ride on top of garbage truck

04 August 2016, 12:51

Los Alamos – A New Mexico bear hitched a ride on top of a garbage truck, travelling at least 8km on the vehicle before it was able to make its escape up a tree.

Santa Fe National Forest spokesperson Julie Anne Overton says the driver was picking up a dumpster last week when he heard a squeal, then realised the bear was on top of the truck. It rode atop the vehicle to a site where the Forest Service keeps a firefighting helicopter.

A bear hitches a ride
A bear hitches a ride on top of a garbage truck in Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Evan Welsch via AP)

Helicopter mechanic Evan Welsch, who snapped photos of the bear, said about 30 Forest Service and National Park workers had gathered around to see the spectacle when it was suggested that the driver back up near a tree to give the animal an escape route.

The adventurous bear clamoured for the tree and stayed up there for about an hour or two before scurrying down and running off.

- AP

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