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Good News: Bears at Battle Creek's Zoo

 
Posted April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:14am by The Associated Press

Three black bears have a new home at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.
 
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports  the zoo on Monday released Achak, Koko and Taima into a new permanent exhibit while volunteers, donors, building contractors, board members and staff looked on. The roughly 2-year-old siblings ran straight for a tree, shimmying up quickly.
 
The bears were found in Alaska, alone and starving. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracked the cubs before contacting the Binder Park Zoo to see if officials could take them. Once the zoo agreed, the bears were collected and flown to Michigan in mid-2012.
 
Officials say the bears are now healthy. Achak weighs about 240 pounds and Koko is about 220 pounds. Their sister Taima is 180 pounds.

Binder Park opens its season today.

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