New bear at Durham museum

Photo courtesy Museum of Life and Science

January 15, 2010 9:23:14 AM PST
A black bear cub found abandoned by her mother in Tennessee will join other bears at Durham's Museum of Life and Science.

'Yona' was found beside a road in Townsend, Tennessee last February. She weighed under four pounds and wildlife experts say she may have been dropped by her mother during a move to a new den site. It's not known if her mom was scared off or just couldn't return before the cub was picked up.

Yona will be placed in quarantine for thirty days before joining the museum's other bears Gus, Mimi, Virginia, and Ursula in its Explore the Wild attraction in February.

“We are absolutely thrilled Yona is joining us. We’ve heard she’s a delightful bear,” said Taneka Bennett of the Museum.

You can learn more about Yona's journey by visiting the Museum of Life and Science's animal department blog at http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers.

The museum says it costs more than $40,000 a year to care for its rescued bears. If you would like to help you can adopt a bear or make a contribution by calling the Museum at (919) 220-5429 ext. 352.

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