Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Zoo Resumes Bear Cub Tours

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Zoo Resumes Bear Cub Tours

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The Topeka Zoo has resumed offering "bear cub tours" six times a week, while a tiny, deer-like Chevrotain born Wednesday is expected to make its public debut in about a week in the zoo's Tropical Rain Forest.

The zoo resumed the tours because female black bear cubs Valor and Independence, nicknamed "Indie," are doing great together after a few weeks of getting to know each other, city manager Jim Colson indicated Thursday in his weekly report.

It said the tours are being offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Indie, an orphaned bear cub from Oregon, arrived in Topeka in late May. Valor, also orphaned, came to the zoo from Alaska in August. Although the cubs are thought to have been born around the end of January, Colson's report indicated they are easily distinguished, with Valor having more brown mixed into her coat and being slightly larger than Indie.

The report quoted zoo director Brendan Wiley as saying each day's tours are given by the zookeeper working with the bears that particular day. …

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