It’s been a rough year for bears in the American Southwest: first the record-breaking drought interrupted their food supply, then the widespread forest fires burned large portions of their habitat to a charcoal-colored wasteland. It’s no wonder that last Thursday homeowners in southeast Arizona were woken up in the middle of the night by a hungry orphaned black bear cub that climbed through an open window in their kitchen and started eating all their chocolate cake. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD DO IF MY WHOLE WORLD JUST WENT UP IN SMOKE.
The homeowners called the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which showed up and removed the cub to the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott, where it’s now expected to become part of a future zoo exhibit.
The agency warned on its Facebook page: “Remember: Bears have an incredibly keen sense of smell even from long distances and human food is very attractive to them!”
Especially chocolate cake, apparently. So keep yours locked up. Desperate times call for desperate measures.