Most Viral Photos: #5 Sedated bear falling out of tree

Claudine Zap
Yahoo! News
Sedated bear falling out of tree
After wandering onto the University of Colorado campus in Boulder and being tranquilized, this black bear fell out of a tree to a soft landing on safety mat below. While the image will live on, unfortunately the bear wasn't so lucky: It was hit by a car after being released back into the wild. (@cuindependent/Twitter)

Not the kind of thing you see every day: A sedated bear falling midair, out of a tree, to a soft landing on a safety mat below. The black bear was tranquilized after it wandered onto the University of Colorado campus in Boulder and climbed up a tree. The photo was captured by student photographer Andy Dunn for the CU Independent, the college paper. The image went viral and became one of the most popular, and eye-popping, photos of the year. While the image will live on, unfortunately the black bear wasn't so lucky: It was hit by a car after being released back into the wild. (Photo courtesy @cuindependent/Twitter)