23 July 2015

The Zoo Gains an Extra Bear ... For Awhile

The Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage temporarily gained an extra animal Wednesday when a wild black bear strayed onto the zoo’s property and temporarily kept it from opening to the public.

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Pat Lampi, the zoo's executive director, told Channel 2 News that the bear -- which had climbed a tree in the zoo -- had come down of its own accord at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Once it was on the ground, zoo staff promptly herded it off the premises.

"The bear has left the zoo," Lampi said. "It's out of the zoo and back in the wild."


Vicki said...

Reminds me of an evening years ago when I sat with my brother on his back porch in northern Minnesota, watching a young black bear up a tree. Brother's comment was, "Well, they were here first."

Rev. Paul said...

Vicki, that's how we look at it, too. They're sharing Anchorage with us, and vice-versa.

Rob said...

Padre, I swear it wasn't me, I was home the whole time....eveil grin

Old NFO said...

Maybe he was looking to 'upgrade' his housing... :-)

Rev. Paul said...

Rob, I wouldn't have considered you for the job ... until now. Hmm.

NFO, either that, or the promise of regular meals. :)

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

I'm sure the bear was just visiting his friends for the day :-)

Chickenmom said...

Heh - he probably realized he would get fed everyday!

Rob said...

When i get grumpy, my wife calls me a grizzly bear. :)

Guffaw in AZ said...

"The bear has left the zoo,"

And Elvis has left the building.


Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, that's entirely possible. Or maybe taunting the caged cousins.

Chickenmom, that's possible, too.

Rob, I think most of us married guys hear that from time to time.

Guffaw, that crossed my mind when I read the line. :)