At the Detroit Zoo
Three grizzly bear cubs – Mike, Thor and Boo – were found orphaned in Alaska after their mother was shot and killed by a poacher. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game contacted the Detroit Zoological Society seeking a home for the 10-month-old brothers. They arrived via FedEx plane and have called the Detroit Zoo home since December 2011. Mike, Thor and Boo engage in playful antics and love to compete in sibling wrestling matches. Mike, the most laid back of the three, can often be seen quietly resting his chin on objects around the habitat, while the mischievous Boo instigates rough play as he carries sticks and other toys in his mouth. Thor, described as very disciplined and aware of his surroundings, can be distinguished by the blonde streak across his chest.
The Zoo is also home to two other rescued grizzly bears, both of which were relocated twice in the wild before arriving at the Zoo as 2-year-olds. Female Kintla was captured by Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in 1986 after showing interest in the area's honey industry, frequently "inspecting" the beehives. She is described as wise, sweet and kind by her zookeepers. Male Lakota arrived here from Wyoming in 1987 after being deemed a public threat at Yellowstone National Park and captured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He enjoys taking bear naps and he snores loudly. The grizzly bears can be found in the bear dens in the American Grasslands.
Scientific name: Ursus arctos horribilis
A female grizzly bear will nurse her cubs in the den until they reach 20 pounds.
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