“Bear Falls Through Skylight Into Party, Eats All the Cupcakes”

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June 26 2014 12:13 PM

“Bear Falls Through Skylight Into Party, Eats All the Cupcakes”

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A black bear (file photo, not the bear from the story).

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I am quoting the Canadian Broadcasting Company's headline for this story directly because it can't be improved upon. The original story was in the Juneau Empire:

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,” Merrill said in an interview Tuesday, referring to the sound of the skylight’s two layers of plexiglass creaking under the bear’s weight. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like three feet away from me”...
The dazed bear quickly recovered from its fall. It then calmly wandered over to the living room table, replete with a spread of birthday treats, and helped itself to some lemon blueberry and peanut butter cupcakes.
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(No guests had yet arrived for the party when the bear fell, and it walked outside and away without harming anyone.)

Less humorously, officers believe the bear may have been the same animal shot later in the day by Juneau police when it repeatedly tried to enter another home nearby.

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