Published: Aug 16, 2010 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 1:34 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as "jarhead" can finally enjoy a good meal.

A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub's head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida.

Biologists say the cub was days away from death because the jar made it impossible to eat or drink. The team had to tranquilize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the jar from the bear's head.

The subdued mother was then put in a trap and the cubs followed.

After she awoke and nursed the cubs, the bears were moved to a less populated area nearby.