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Grizzly bears at Saskatoon zoo to begin 3rd hibernation

WATCH ABOVE: Imagine skipping winter entirely and we're not talking about taking a hot holiday, we're talking grizzly bear hibernation at the Saskatoon zoo. Meaghan Craig reports.

With winter settling in, two grizzly bears are being prepared for hibernation at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

The Saskatoon zoo and fRI Research announced a five-year agreement in July 2017 to collaboratively study the captive bears to answer scientific questions about the long-term conservation of the species in Canada.

WATCH BELOW: Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo grizzly bears complete 1st hibernation

WATCH: Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo grizzly bears complete 1st hibernation
WATCH: Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo grizzly bears complete 1st hibernation

Preparation for the grizzlies’ third hibernation has been underway for several weeks with help from a wildlife nutritionist.

The zoo is predicting each bear, which weighs around 347 kilograms, will lose about 150 kg during hibernation.

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“We are very excited to see that Mistaya and Koda are continuing to follow a normal weight gain and loss cycle as they prepare to enter their third hibernation,” zoo manager Tim Sinclair-Smith said in a press release.

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“As their bodies continue to adjust to an annual hibernation schedule, we are closely monitoring and comparing Mistaya and Koda’s weight each year to that of their wild counterparts.”

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A live camera feed will be available in the hibernation dens. The zoo will use it to closely monitor behavior, activity levels, and breathing patterns.

Both Mistaya and Koda were orphaned in Alberta 13 years ago. The cubs were paired at the Calgary Zoo and later transferred to their permanent home in Saskatoon.