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Minnesota Zoo opens exhibit for iconic black bears

Decades after the question was first raised about whether to display one of the enduring symbols of the Minnesota woods, three black bears have arrived at the Minnesota Zoo in a new exhibit that opens Saturday.
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Three 2-year-old black bear cubs are frolicking in a new exhibit that officially opens Saturday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. (Not to be confused with the towering brown bears on the zoo's Grizzly Coast exhibit.)

It was a long time coming – decades after the question first arose about whether the zoo should feature Minnesota's largest omnivore, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper notes that the exhibit is part of a shift away from a pure scientific mission of the zoo's early years and more toward fun, which has led to record attendance, membership and donations.

The three bears were brought to the zoo after being orphaned as cubs, the zoo says. Learn more about the species on this zoo page.

KARE 11 has video of the newest zoo residents (after a segment about skunks):

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