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Rescued bear being cared for at Knoxville Zoo

Saturday - 12/15/2012, 10:10am  ET

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A young black bear found traveling with a pack of dogs has been taken in by the Knoxville Zoo and put on display.

Zoo officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel ( that the 11-month-old animal came from the Wildlife Center of Virginia after animal control officers in Waynesboro, Va., found it with a group of dogs wearing a collar.

It is the first time in a decade that the zoo has taken in a human-habituated bear. A female bear named Ursula arrived 10 years ago. In addition, the zoo has two male black bears named Otis and Alvin that were orphaned 13 years ago and raised by humans before arriving at the zoo in 2001.

Zoo officials say none of the four animals could survive in the wild.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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