Lifestyle Pets California Sheriff's Office Helps Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster Placer County Sheriff's Office deputies found a mother bear and her cub trying to help another baby bear out of the dumpster By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 29, 2019 05:18 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A baby bear, who moved from picnic baskets to something bigger, found themselves stuck on Tuesday morning. According to a post on the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a baby bear got stuck in a dumpster outside a Kings Beach, California motel. The sheriff’s office received a call about the incident and sent out several deputies to help the confined cub. When the deputies arrived, they found the cub’s mother and sibling trying to open the dumpster themselves. Bear Enters House, Raids Fridge, and Eats Ben and Jerry’s Feet Away from Freaked Out Teens After several adorable — but failed — attempts at freeing their family member, the two bears allowed the deputies to help. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s video of the rescue shows the deputies carefully opening the lid of the dumpster and placing a ladder inside the box for the bear cub to use. Shortly after the ladder was dropped into the dumpster, the bear cub climbed out of the dumpster, dropped to the ground below and ambled off into the trees.