Tranquilised bear falls from treeA black bear that clambered up a tree at a US university has been returned to the wild after an extraordinary rescue operation.
The huge 200lb beast had been lolloping around a University of Colorado campus at Boulder for the best part of a day before climbing the tree.
As students crowded round to watch, wildlife officers tranquilised the bear with two darts, reports the Denver Post.
After a few moments, the dozy creature fell 15ft to the ground - landing safely on a crash mat which had been position below.
The university police department said officers chose to sedate the animal because of how close he was to students.
A spokesman said: "He was just resting up in the tree probably for a good two hours."
The bear was later tagged and released in the mountains west of Boulder.