Hitching a free bear ride

A bear has hitched a ride on top of a garbage truck in the American state of New Mexico, travelling at least five miles on the vehicle before it was able to make its escape up a tree.

The driver was picking up a dumpster last week when he heard a squeal then realised the bear was on top of the truck, said a spokeswoman for Santa Fe national forest, Julie Anne Overton.

It rode on top of the truck to a site where the forest service keeps a firefighting helicopter.

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Helicopter mechanic Evan Welsch, who snapped photos of the bear, said about 30 forest service and national park workers gathered around to see the animal.

The driver then backed up near a tree to give it an escape route. The animal then clambered into the tree and stayed up there for about an hour or two before scurrying down and running off.

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In July wildlife officials in New Mexico said a bear attacked a woman who was running a marathon in a national preserve in the north of the state. The woman suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck and upper body that were not life-threatening.

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