It’s true; blondes really do have more fun. Maybe that could be the case when speaking about bears, too.
A rare black bear, with a genetic mutation that causes its fur to turn blonde, has arrived at the Calgary Zoo.
The female bear was captured outside of the town of Elkford, B.C., 290 kilometers southwest of Calgary, at a campground in the area.
Wildlife regulations assert that normally, in cases where bears lack fear towards humans, it would should be destroyed in the interest of public safety.
However according to Laurie Skene, director of communications at the Calgary Zoo, due to the rarity and significance of the mutation, captivity seems to be the much more responsible solution.
“Unfortunately we don’t have the capacity to take in all problem bears but given the public interest in this bear because of its coloration, it has great potential to act as an ambassador for its species and habitat, ” says Skene.
Skene and her colleagues at the zoo have been keeping the bear in quarantine since it’s arrival Saturday, in order to monitor it’s health and help it better adjust to the new change of scenery.
- The refugee bear is not a first for the Calgary Zoo. Skene says that many the team has worked collaborated many time with Fish and Wildlife on similar cases, including two cougars and the zoo’s grizzly bear Skoki.