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Bear latches onto ship in Lake Superior

TWO HARBORS -- A bear cub decided to stowaway on a ship in Lake Superior for a while Friday. Keith Baker was walking back to his room on the Cason J. Callaway after eating lunch when the watchman told him to look over the side of the freighter, d...

TWO HARBORS - A bear cub decided to stowaway on a ship in Lake Superior for a while Friday.
Keith Baker was walking back to his room on the Cason J. Callaway after eating lunch when the watchman told him to look over the side of the freighter, docked in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. That’s when he spotted the bear cub attempting to climb up the Callaway’s draft board, which was hanging in the water on the side of the ship, said Baker of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The watchman told Baker that the cub swam over to the Callaway from a vacant ore dock.
“He grabbed on and wasn’t letting go,” Baker said.
Posting photos on Facebook of the bear playing with the Callaway’s draft board, Baker noted that the Callaway’s “little visitor” stayed on the board for a while and seemed like he was taking a rest.
“He’s got that ‘I ain’t going back in that cold water’ look,” Baker wrote on Facebook, joking that getting a midship draft reading was difficult because “it’s a bit hairy at the moment.”
The cub eventually let go of the draft board and swam back to shore as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources arrived on the scene, said Baker, who regularly posts photos of his maritime travels on Facebook under the name “Great Lakes Sailor/Keith Baker.”

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