Bears get icy relief from heat at Oakland Zoo

A female black bear and her three cubs received some icy relief in the heat in their new home at the Oakland Zoo.

The bears were transferred to the Oakland Zoo from the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Investigations Lab after the animals broke into a Kern County home. The mother bear charged and swiped at the home's elderly resident, causing an injury to her left arm.

Policy normally requires that a black bear that is known to have attacked or injured a human to be euthanized. However, the cubs had yet to be weaned from their mother. The Oakland Zoo then requested to take the three cubs and their mother for its California Trail exhibit, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

The zoo posted a video on Friday, June 23, showing the three cubs and their mother playing with ice in their new home.


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