Berlin the Polar Bear Now on Display at the Como Zoo

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Berlin the Polar Bear Now on Display at the Como Zoo

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After she was displaced during June's devastating floods, Berlin the polar bear is now sharing an outdoor habitat down in St. Paul at the Como Zoo.

Berlin, along with Buzz and Neil, are on display after zoo keepers kept her behind the scenes for the past two months, helping Berlin to adjust to her new roommates and the new surroundings.

“We are excited Como visitors can now be introduced to Lake Superior Zoo’s bear, Berlin”, said Michelle Furrer, Director of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. “We’re very happy the Lake Superior Zoo is open and we encourage people to visit and support our friends in Duluth”.

Before being on public display and meeting Buzz and Neil, Berlin had to complete a 30-day quarantine period, a standard procedure for all incoming zoo animals. Once her quarantine period was over, zookeepers began introducing her to Buzz and Neil.

Berlin was first introduced to Neil, then Buzz a few days later. Because Buzz and Neil, both males, are neutered, breeding is not possible.

Berlin, along with two harbor seals, came to Como Zoo after the Lake Superior Zoo flooded last June. The harbor seals, Feisty and Vivian, are doing well and are on public display in the Aquatic Animal Building.

Officials at the Como Zoo say they are not sure how long they will be keeping the animals from the Lake Superior Zoo in their facilities.

In the meantime, Lake Superior Zoo keepers and staff are keeping in contact with the staff at the Como Zoo and have visited the animals often since the flood.

“It has been amazing to watch Berlin have the opportunity to experience things that weren’t available in her exhibit at our Zoo,” says Lake Superior Zoo Lead Keeper Maicie Sykes. “We miss Feisty, Vivian and Berlin, but we are grateful the staff at the Como Zoo continues to work with us on a professional level and allows us to be involved in their care,” continues Sykes.

Como Friends, the nonprofit fund raising partner of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, is encouraging its supporters and Minnesota residents to support the ongoing rebuilding efforts of the Lake Superior Zoo by making donations on the Lake Superior Zoo’s GiveMN.org page.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns