August 23, 2014 1:35 pm
Updated: August 24, 2014 11:08 am

Orphaned Yukon bear cubs arrive at Calgary Zoo

Two bear cubs are the newest residents of the Calgary zoo.

Mary Vanderkop, Yukon Government

There’s a couple of new residents settling in at the Calgary Zoo.

Two bear cubs and their mother were first captured in a Whitehorse neighbourhood in July.

They became Youtube stars after their relocation was posted online.

Sadly, the sow returned to the Whitehorse neighbourhood with an apparent taste for garbage. Conservation officers destroyed her before realizing she had the cubs.

The young pair have been living at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve ever since, but the preserve doesn’t keep large carnivores.

The Calgary Zoo currently has only one black bear.

“We are so pleased to be able to welcome these two cubs to the Calgary Zoo,” Calgary Zoo curator Jamie Dorgan said. “As young black bears are social in their first few years of life, we are delighted to have found companions for our lone bear Manuka and are optimistic introductions will be successful. Together, these three will be able to educate our visitors about the dangers of bears becoming habituated to humans.”

The three-year-old female will meet her new companions once they have finished a quarantine.

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