A Grizzly & Polar Bear Cub Have Become BFFs at a Midwest Zoo
How adorable is this?!
When I go back home to Michigan to see my family, one of my favorite places to visit is the Detroit Zoo. I've been going there for as long as I can remember and it NEVER gets old. There is always something new to see at the zoo, and after coming across this story, I'm already planning my next trip!
An update from the Detroit Zoo late last month tells the story of Jebbie and Laerke, two bear cubs who had difficult beginnings. According to a press release, Jebbie, a young grizzly bear, was found alone in a neighborhood up in Alaska. The zoo reports that bear cubs typically spend up to three years with their mothers, so the Alaska Department of Fish & Game was concerned that he wouldn't survive out on his own. He was taken to a zoo in Alaska to get checked out before making his way to the Detroit Zoo.
Over at the Detroit Zoo, another bear cub was having some trouble of his own. Polar bears Laerke and Astra were born last November, but two days after their birth, Laerke stopped moving. He was taken in for emergency care, but after being gone for so long, he couldn't go back to his family. The article reads:
"Suka is a great mother and very protective of Laerke’s sister, Astra, but it’s clear that she no longer recognizes Laerke as her cub. Returning Laerke to her mother and sister is not an option for us.”
The two lonely cubs were introduced to each other back in July, and over the past few months, they have become best buddies! The article says that "the cubs now do nearly everything together — running, chasing each other, wrestling, rolling around and lots of typical bear play." They are now together in the zoo's Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit, where they are visible to zoo-goers. Just look at how CUTE they are!
To keep up to date with the latest Jebbie & Laerke news, you can follow the Detroit Zoo's Facebook page HERE!