Hank the Tank–There’s more here Than Just One Bear Story

Hank the Tank

It was a big story. A really BIG news event.

Hank the Tank, a 500-pound black bear, has been wreaking havoc in South Lake Tahoe, breaking into dozens of houses in search of food, according to news reports.

Hank’s so huge he can use his enormous weight–hundreds of pounds more than a normal black bear–to break through doors, bust down garage entrances, even smash windows to go after food–sometimes with terrified people inside.

But, as it turns out, it wasn’t the work of just one over-fed bear, but three.

State wildlife officials used DNA analysis to discover there are several bears that have gotten so fat they “learned to use that size and strength to break into a number of occupied residences.”

Officials are setting traps and plan to relocate the bears far from humans. The have promised not to hurt them.

In other weird animal news…

— In Baton Rouge, a raccoon fell through the ceiling at the Louisiana State University dining hall sending students and cooks screaming.

— A moose was on the loose, creating havoc in Marlborough, Mass. But, fortunately, he was tranquilized and moved out of town by state wildlife officials.

–In Copenhagen, of all places, police were on the hunt for an escaped kangaroo video recorded hopping across a field. No word on how it got there.