NC Zoo gets polar bear; will wait before debut - WRBL

NC Zoo gets polar bear; will wait before debut

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The North Carolina Zoo is welcoming a new polar bear, but is waiting before she goes on public view.

Patches is a 25-year-old female bear who arrived via truck from the Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania escorted by a N.C. Zoo veterinarian and a senior keeper. Placed into the zoo's polar bear holding quarters, keepers will see how she acclimates to her new surroundings before making a decision on when she will be on exhibit.

Keeper supervisor Jeff Owen said the date for reopening the polar bear exhibit hasn't been determined.

Patches was born in November 1987 at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. She moved to the Erie Zoo in December 2007. That zoo is beginning a major construction project and needed to move Patches to a new home.

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