Topeka Zoo now home to bear orphaned in Oregon

KSN News (file)
KSN News

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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