Dickerson Park Zoo treats black bears to Thanksgiving feast before long winter nap
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Zookeepers at Dickerson Park Zoo treated two black bears to a special Thanksgiving-themed feast Sunday morning.
Black bears Yona and Lil’ Bear celebrated Thanksgiving early with a a bear-friendly buffet. The feast included Thanksgiving-themed treats, pumpkins and other goodies.
Sunday marks the second year zookeepers have offered a “Beary Happy Thanksgiving” to its black bears. Yona and Lil’ Bear are set to begin a long winter nap in the near future.
“Stuffing yourself and taking a nap are favorite traditions for many on Thanksgiving,” said zoo spokeswoman Joey Powell. “Since the boys will be settling down for winter soon, Thanksgiving is a great holiday to treat them before they take a long snooze.”
Yona and Lil’ Bear will not go into full hibernation, but will enter a state of decreased physiological activity called torpor.
Guests at Dickerson Park Zoo on Sunday were able to watch from the viewing deck at the bear exhibit. A Facebook Live video of the celebration is embedded below.
Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
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