Alaska Bear Crashes Birthday Party, Eats All The Cupcakes
Bears are having a grand old time hanging out in human abodes lately. Not only are they relaxing in our backyard hammocks, but they're also chilling out on the National Institute of Health campus and even taking trips to the ballpark. Now they're even crashing birthday parties: A juvenile black bear in Alaska fell through a skylight and into the living room of a young couple's home, not far from downtown Juneau. At the time of the bear break-in, the couple was preparing for their child's birthday party.
"I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking," homeowner Glenn Merrill told the Juneau Empire. "And the next thing you know, there's this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from [the skylight]. It was like one meter away from me."
Merrill added that he locked eyes with the bear, and both human and bear were equally stunned. Terrified, he and his wife ran into the next room and locked the door. In the meantime, the black bear proceeded to eat all of the birthday cupcakes because, well, what else would you do if you were a hungry bear who just crashed a child's birthday party in style? The cupcakes were lemon-blueberry and peanut-butter flavored, but it remains unclear which flavor the bear enjoyed the most.
Merrill and his wife, Alicia Bishop, eventually made it out to the backyard, where they held open a door leading to the living room and attempted to distract the bear from its cupcake binge. Some undisclosed amount of frosting later, the couple was able to "shoo" the bear out of their house.
But not for long. The Alaskan couple said the bear returned to their porch, peering in wistfully at the sweets table he just ravaged. "It was up by the window like, ‘I want more cupcakes,’" Bishop said. (We get that.)
Unable to get rid of their party crasher, Bishop called 911 while Merrill borrowed some pepper spray from his neighbors. Don't worry: He didn't spray the mace at the black bear, but just in its general vicinity, causing the bear to wander into the woods.
Unfortunately, it did not end well for the party crashing bear — at least, we don't know for sure. An official from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it may have killed the bear that broke into the Merrill-Bishop household. According to officials, a young black bear wandered into another Alaskan home about 30 minutes after the birthday party incident. However, given that the hilly, tree-lined area is home to a community of bears, it's impossible to know if it was the same party-goer bear.
Let's hope it wasn't. Maybe, just maybe out sweets-loving bear is hanging down in Florida, chilling next to hammock bear with a cupcake in paw.