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Black bear falls through skylight into birthday party, no cupcakes survive

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It was just your run of the mill children’s birthday party in Alaska until a bear dropped through the house skylight.

The juvenile male bear, weighing 82 kilograms, not surprisingly startled attendees who then fled the room while the animal was pre-occupied with tasty cupcakes.

What seems like an incredibly random event is apparently fairly common in Alaska. According to Ryan Scott of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, “there probably isn’t a neighbourhood or place where we have homes where the potential isn’t there for you to run into a bear or observe a bear. There is really no place where the potential isn’t there.”

The bear eventually left through a door that led to the backyard.

Sadly, the same bear invaded an occupied home earlier in the week, and the department was forced to put the bear down to maintain public safety.

“We don’t take killing or destroying bears lightly,” said Scott of the decision. “People were inside that building. I think it was appropriate for that given the situation.”