Wildlife park to keep elderly bears

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SHUBENACADIE – Two elderly black bears will continue to be a part of the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park.

 

The 21-year-old female bears were showing signs of health issues last fall and many in the community said they were concerned.

“Many people expressed concern for these bears, so I am pleased that veterinarian test results show their health is good enough that they can continue living at the park,” said Zach Churchill, minister of Natural Resources, in a news release.

Last fall, park staff noticed the bears were losing weight so they increased calories in their diet and prevented hibernation to counter the weight loss problem. The weight loss was reversed.

The a veterinarian’s report shows the bears have evidence of arthritis and possible diabetes. Park officials will continue monitoring the bears to treat the conditions with diet and medications.

All older animals at the park receive regular medical examinations, when possible. The bears will be assessed again next year unless changes in their health require intervention sooner.

To learn more about the park, and the bears, log onto the website www.wildlifepark.novascotia.ca

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