Caption: Bear climbs tree by Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and shuts down amusement park
It bear-ly got to see ‘the most magical place on earth’.
A female adult black bear managed to climb a tree near Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida
The bear caused more than a dozen rides and attractions to temporarily close on Monday.
But it didn’t get the amusement park all to itself for long.
‘In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move along on their own,’ stated the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ‘But given this situation, staff have captured the animal and are relocating the bear out of the park to an area in or around the Ocala National Forest.’
The bear was ‘safely captured’, according to the commission. The commission did not disclose how the bear got into the theme park, where exactly it was caught and how, or its condition.
Ocala National Forest is about 90 minutes north of the Walt Disney World Resort, in Marion County.
The bear was first seen on the Disney property on Monday morning, hanging in a tree close to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Frontierland section of the park, Fox 35 reported.
Rides that were shut down included Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Tom Sawyer Island, the Jungle Cruise, the Walt Disney World Railroad, the Liberty Square Riverboat, the Hall of Presidents and parts of Main Street, Frontierland and Fantasyland.
All rides were operating again by 3pm, except for the railroad.
The bear was likely looking for food ‘to pack on fat reserves for the winter’, the commission told the New York Post.
Black bears eat close to 20,000 calories daily in the autumn to prepare for hibernation.
The incident happened less than a week after a mother bear and her cub raided a Krispy Kreme doughnuts delivery van in Anchorage, Alaska. The black bears devoured 20 packages of doughnut holes and six packages of chocolate doughnuts before security guards shooed them away with loud sirens.
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