The Bear on the Bridge

The first line sounds like the opening of a bad joke but these pictures tell the story...

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A bear was walking across the "Rainbow Bridge" in Truckee California, on the I-80, California / Nevada State line, when two cars also crossed the bridge from both directions. The bear was so scared, with no place to run, made a leap over the side of the bridge...
The motorists stopped their cars in horror of what just happened and ran to the edge to see how badly the bear was injured. To their amazement, they saw that the bear had somehow grasped the lower ledge of the bridge support as it fell and pulled itself back up.

 

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The authorities were notified that night and after making an assessment, they decided there was nothing that could be done until the following morning. Authorities returned at day break to find the bear sleeping on the ledge of the bridge support.
 

 

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A large, construction style, safety net was hung under the bridge and the bear was shot with a tranquilizing dart; then safely lowered to the ground below.

 

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