Orphaned Yukon black bears arrive at Calgary Zoo

Photo of Yukon bear cubs, taken last week at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The bears have been moved...

Photo of Yukon bear cubs, taken last week at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The bears have been moved to the Calgary Zoo. (Mary Vanderkop/QMI Agency)

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

CALGARY ó Two motherless black bears have arrived at the Calgary Zoo to keep a lonely bruin company.

But first, the eight month-old male and female bears plucked from the Yukon will probably be in quarantine for a month to ensure they've fully conquered an illness, zoo curator Jamie Dorgan said.

"They've had antibiotics and assessments, it may have been a bacterial or viral thing," Dorgan said, adding the pair's health has been on the upswing.

The two bruins were orphaned after government officials in the Yukon determined their mother had become too habituated to garbage in a Whitehorse neighbourhood and had her euthanized in July.

In June, a three-year-old white-furred female black bear since named Manuka came to the zoo from southeastern B.C. after being deemed a nuisance around humans.

"We decided she should have some other bears for company," Dorgan said.

Also last June, two orphaned grizzly bears from southwestern Alberta were put down after zoos, including Calgary's, said they were unable to accommodate them.


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