Saving a Bear with a Bounce House


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If you read this blog, you know that there are many uses for inflatables. One use is particularly dumb and it’s seen often, at least in the movies. In almost every mainstream college party movie out there, someone jumps off a roof into a bounce house that has been rented for the occasion. This is not something that bounce houses are made for and we do not condone this activity and strongly recommend that you do not allow this at your parties. However, in certain instances, bounce houses have been used in this way for good reasons, like rescuing a bear trapped in a tree.

Huffington Post reports that a bear was stuck in a tree in Little Rock, Arkansas, recently. Once it was apparent that the bear was not going to leave the tree, a bounce house was brought in to help:

“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.”

The article says that the bear was knocked out, but didn’t fall from the tree when shot. Then firefighters were brought in to hose the bear, who then fell onto the bounce houses that were set up. Luckily, Foster wasn’t hurt:

“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 [Conway police spokeswoman La Tresha Woodruff put it]. Spectators who had been watching the bear in the tree for hours cheered and clapped, Woodruff said.”

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