A bear cub is pretty cute. We've all seen Yogi Bear. Who doesn't love Boo Boo?
Well, it turns out that bear cubs are only cute in cartoons or when they are safely kept in their human-free enclosures. That changed this past week when a seven-month-old black bear cub successfully freed itself from its enclosure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The bear escaped at roughly 11:15 in the morning.
This particular black bear cub was, in fact, one of two wild, orphan black bear cubs. The zoo brought the orphaned cubs to live there only a few months back. The baby cub successfully escaped its enclosure in the midst of a supervised move to a new habitat. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium released an official and very calm statement about the bear cub to the media shortly after the situation was settled. The statement said:
At approximately 11:15 a.m., our seven month old female black bear cub breached its exhibit containment in the Zoo and gained access to Zoo grounds. The Zoo called for immediate lockdown of the Zoo which is our normal protocol. The lockdown was quickly downgraded and only the cub’s immediate area was considered on lockdown. All guests were moved to safety during the lockdown procedure. The Zoo’s Emergency Response Team went into immediate action to assess the situation, formulated a plan to tranquilize and secured the animal. At approximately 11:30 a.m. the animal was tranquilized, crated and taken to a secure area. Visitors in the park were moved to safe locations and were not in danger. We will provide more details as they become available.
A zoo guest took a striking photo of the cub on top of a structure in the zoo. It appears that the cub was not looking to cause trouble. It was just enjoying its newfound and temporary freedom. Considering the number of recent news items involving various beasts on the loose, we are happy that there were no injuries nor deaths that resulted from this instance. HT: NBC4i, Cincinnati.com