UPDATE FROM THE INDY ZOO
The brown bears formerly known as Rosie and Rover are settling in nice at their new home at the Indianapolis Zoo. They recently came out of quarantine and are getting acquainted with their new exhibit. Following is some information provided by Judith Gagen, Dir. of Communications for the Zoo. Their names have been changed to protect the innocent. :) Kiak (KEY'ACK) for the female, which means summer, and K'etnu (KETT'-NEW) for the male, which means river. Our keepers tend to pick names that honor the range countries of our animals. The photos show them getting acquainted with the exhibit. As you can see, they have gained LOTS of weight and their coats are all fluffy for the winter. Estimated weights are about 125 pounds each. The shaved patch of K'etnu's foreleg was for the IV when they castrated him. They figured as long as they were in the vet hospital, better to get it over with so they wouldn't have to bring him back in later. So far, so good. Kiak is cautious around people, but very bold in exploring. K'etnu is more boisterous, initiates most of the play and loves to run around the exhibit. They have already learned husbandry behaviors such as putting their feet up and down, stationing on a target and presenting open mouths, hips and feet for vet exams. To see more about the cubs click here. Indianapolis photos are courtesy of Jackie Curts, the Area Manager in the Encounters Biome. The last two images were provided by Tim Ardillo. -------------- To see when the first cub arrived at the Alaska Zoo click here. To see when the cubs were reunited at the Alaska Zoo click here.Read More
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