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B.C. Wildlife Park's Kermode bear has new friend

Clover, the white bear, and Tuk, the black bear, together at the B.C. Wildlife Park.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / BC Wildlife Park
June 01, 2020 - 10:27 AM

B.C. Wildlife Park has announced it is working on the careful introduction of a rescued Black bear named Tuk into an exhibit with a Kermode bear, Clover.

The pair has alternated time in the exhibit, and have never both been seen at the same time by the public, according to a news release posted to Facebook yesterday, June 1.

The face-to-face interactions between the two bears have been successful so far, the wildlife park said.

Because they are wild animals, the introduction must be done cautiously and strategically, the wildlife park said, and the animal care team has developed a plan based on extensive observations of the two bears' behaviour.

As the pair becomes more comfortable with one another, they will remain together in the exhibit for longer periods of time.

Until then, there's no guarantee which bear you'll see at your next visit.

— This story was corrected at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to clarify that this is the first introduction of the two bears, and Tuk was moved into Clover's exhibit. A statement misattributed to the Wildlife Park was removed.

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