Black bear cupcakes Juneau Alaska Juneau Empire
Black Bear Crashes Party Eats Cupcakes (apartyinyourtummy/flickr)

Black Bear Crashes Party, Eats Cupcakes

After falling through skylight

Black bear cupcakes Juneau Alaska Juneau Empire

This probably has never happened to you.

Last Saturday, Glenn Merrill and Alicia Bishop of Juneau, Alaska, had a black bear crash through their living room skylight as the couple were making final preparations for their infant son Jackson’s birthday party.

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,” Merrill said in an interview with the Juneau Empire. Seconds later, the plexiglass skylight gave way under the bear’s weight, turning this particular Ursus americanus into a literal party crasher.

“The next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from [the skylight]. It was like three feet away from me,” Merrill said. 

The 45-year-old father was quick to respond to an incident, which, one can safely assume, was somewhat unexpected. He yelled to his parents, instructing them to escort his son to safety on the second floor of the house, while he moved into an adjacent room and closed the door behind him.

Meanwhile, the unfazed bear calmly helped itself to the cupcakes laid out on the living room table, a spectacle that Alicia Bishop witnessed behind (closed) glass doors.

“The bear walks over and puts its paws up on the table and starts licking his birthday cupcakes, and I’m just like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” said Bishop.

After a few minutes of gorging itself on red and green cupcake frosting, the bear eventually went on its merry way, this time making a mannerly exit through an open door to the backyard.

Sadly, the party was over for the bear 30 minutes later, when it was shot and killed by Juneau Police Department officers after it repeatedly tried to enter another home.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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