Topeka Zoo now home to bear orphaned in Oregon

KSN News (file)
KSN News (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — A 5-month-old American black bear cub orphaned in Oregon has found a new home in northeast Kansas.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley announced Thursday that the zoo acquired the female bear in late May.

The bear’s name is Independence — or Indie for short.

Wiley told The Topeka Capital-Journal an 11-year-old boy found the cub May 22 near the southwest Oregon town of Myrtle Creek.

She was malnourished and dehydrated, and after a night at the local police station, wildlife officials contacted the Topeka Zoo.

Indie arrived in the Kansas capital May 29. She’s been living in an enclosed housing unit in the zoo’s black bear habitat since.

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