WATCH: Group works to free baby bear stuck in car as mama watches

A man tries to open a car door to free a bear cub in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WTHR) - Some visitors to a Tennessee cabin got a big surprise when they discovered a baby bear in their car.

Perhaps it was the inclement weather or some dog treats that caused the bear to climb into the unlocked car. It wasn't until they heard the horn blowing that they realized something was up.

Adding to the drama, mama bear was lingering nearby as the group tried to free the cub.

Finally, the group hatched a plan to help the bear make its escape. They pulled another vehicle alongside and reached out to open the car door to let the bear out.

After one failed attempt, the bear was out and ran off.

No one - human or bear - were injured in the encounter.

Since bears are not true winter hibernators, authorities say it's possible they wandered away from their den in search of food.

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