A black bear in Washington had the time of his life yesterday.
The animal was roaming the campgrounds near Mount Baker when it stumbled upon someone’s large stash of Busch and Rainier beer (can you say “Jackpot?“). Not one to shy away from a party, the bear then helped itself to 36 cans and got totally loaded. Now the animal is basically reliving its own version of the movie Hangover.
When agents from the Fish and Wildlife department found the animal the next day, the bear was surrounded by cans of Rainier beer and sleeping off a major buzz. But this apparently wasn’t the first foray into a drunken haze for the predator, as the animal demonstrated it has some pretty unique, picky tastes when it comes to the alcoholic beverage.
“He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” Mount Baker campground employee Lisa Broxson told NBC News.
According to another staff member at the park, the bear did try the Busch beer, but ignored the rest of the cans as it continued to down the Rainier variety instead.
“It definitely had a preference,” Sgt. Bill Heinck told the network.
Bears are able to get into the cans by using their teeth and claws to puncture the casings, which basically means this animal was shotgunning the drinks all night long. Not surprisingly, the morning after wasn’t nearly as pleasant for him because wildlife agents tried to chase the bear away. But the poor animal was too hungover to run, so he just climbed a tree and
recovered slept for another four hours instead.
Not wanting the party to stop, the bear actually came back for another round the next morning, prompting wildlife officials to use a humane trap to capture it for relocation. They baited the trap with the usual hangover cures: Doughnuts, honey, and for this guy, two open cans of Rainier beer.
While the bear might be having a bit of trouble remembering what happened during his 36-beer binge, we think we might be able to help him fill in the gaps.
We hope you’ve got some Gatorade handy, bud.