Minnesota Zoo has welcomed back the animal responsible for a shattered pane of exhibit glass – and boosting worldwide interest in the Apple Valley attraction.
One of the zoo's brown bears hit the headlines on July 6 when it picked up and pushed a large rock into the glass wall of its enclosure – shattering it.
For the past 12 days, the culprit and the other two bears in the zoo's Russia's Grizzly Coast exhibit have been spending their time behind the scenes while some remedial repairs were carried out on the glass.
But they finally returned Saturday morning and are sure to be a big hit with visitors if the interest in their glass-splintering actions are anything to go by.
A news release from the zoo says that the bear's story was picked up by media outlets across the world, and it claims that these stories were viewed 1.3 billion times on the internet.
The Grizzly Coast Exhibit features grassland, streams and pool and rock formations that are designed to mimic the brown bear's natural habitat. The non-releasable bears came to the zoo in 2008 after they were found orphaned in Alaska.
"Complete repairs [to the glass] will take place this fall, after the Zoo’s peak season subsides," the zoo's press release says. "While on hiatus behind the scenes, Haines, Kenai and Sadie have been enjoying fun and tasty enrichment prepared by zookeepers, as well as a pool to keep cool on warm summer days."