In a surprising incident, a ravenous black bear stormed into a bakery garage in Avon, Connecticut, causing alarm among employees and helping itself to a delectable feast of 60 cupcakes before strolling away.
The staff at Taste by Spellbound had been busy loading cakes into a delivery van on Wednesday when the bear made its unexpected appearance.
According to the state environmental agency, Connecticut is home to an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 black bears, with sightings reported in 158 out of the state’s 169 towns and cities last year, the Associated Press reported.
Miriam Stephens, the bakery owner, shared on Instagram that she heard employee Maureen Williams “screaming bloody murder” and alerting everyone to the presence of a bear in the garage.
Williams told WTNH, a local TV station, that she attempted to scare the bear away by shouting, but the persistent creature returned three times, even charging at her. Fearing for her safety, Williams backed out of the garage and fled.
Surveillance footage obtained by WTNH captured bakery workers initially trying to intimidate the bear by approaching it from the side of the building.
However, they swiftly retreated as the bear frightened them. The video shows the bear triumphantly dragging a container filled with cupcakes from the garage into the parking lot. Stephens later confirmed that the bear devoured a total of 60 cupcakes.
Finally, one of the bakers managed to persuade the bear to leave by honking a car horn, as Williams recounted.
By the time the authorities, including the police and officers from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, arrived at the scene, the four-legged intruder had already vanished.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported from this encounter, which adds to a series of concerning interactions between black bears and humans in Connecticut.
Written by staff