Orphaned black bear finds home at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

3:27 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has announced it is the new home for a young American black bear found abandoned in Montana this spring.

Zoo spokesperson Rachel Nelson says The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks retrieved the female cub in April when she was found alone and demonstrated behavior indicating she had been handled by humans. She was put in the care of the Wildlife Center of Montana until the decision was made to place her with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo this winter.

Nelson says the small and spirited female, nicknamed "Blossom" after the Florida state flower -- the orange blossom, has recently been introduced to the bear exhibit in its Mason M. and Charles P. Lykes Florida Wildlife Center and is adjusting well to her new surroundings.

Photo Gallery: "Blossom" black bear at Lowry Park Zoo 

"Blossom" weighed in at 60 pounds when she arrived at Lowry Park Zoo and is thought to be approximately 10-11 months old. Her keepers say she is cautious but curious, with a passion for climbing.

"Blossom" will eventually share the exhibit with an adult male black bear named "Sammy", who is currently wintering in his den.

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