Wildlife workers in Maryland have used an electric hand saw to remove a milk churn that was stuck on the head of a bear, in an episode reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

Black bear.

Black bear. Image by Todd Ryburn / CC BY 2.0

The wildlife response team was called to a rural area near Thurmont to rescue an adult male black bear with its head stuck inside the metal churn.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karis King said the bear was calm, but the workers tranquillised it for safety reasons before carefully removing the can.

The 175lb animal then regained consciousness, lifted its head and walked into the nearby woods.

In AA Milne’s children’s story, Pooh gets his head stuck in a honey jar.

(Press Association)