February 27, 2023

Bear Escapes St. Louis Zoo Enclosure for 2nd Time in a Month

The St. Louis Zoo is apparently having some trouble with its bear enclosures.

On Thursday, an Andean bear named Ben escaped from his cage and freely roamed the zoo grounds for almost an hour — marking the second time he broke out of his cage in less than a month.

When zoo officials became aware of Ben’s escape, they implemented the “Zoo Animal Emergency Response Protocol.” The protocol involves ushering patrons indoors while the zoo employees take care of the loose animal in question.

But employees may have experienced some déjà vu, considering that they had to do it just two-and-a-half weeks ago, when the four-year-old bear made a similar escape.

Photo: St. Louis Zoo

According to zoo press release, Ben had “meddled with the steel mesh in just the right spot of the outdoor habitat, causing a cable to give way.”

After the first escape, the zoo fortified Ben’s cage with steel clips capable of withstanding 450 pounds of tensile strength.

However, the additional security measures were, clearly, no match for the “very curious” bear.

“At four years old, we know Ben is young and adventurous. Our team will continue to work collaboratively and consult with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and Bear Taxon Advisory Group to investigate other alternative ways to secure the habitat,” the Saint Louis Zoo said in a statement.

Source: CNN | St. Louis Zoo

13 comments on Bear Escapes St. Louis Zoo Enclosure for 2nd Time in a Month

  1. Tom says:

    Set Ben free!!!

  2. Phyllis says:

    He’s bored! He needs a girlfriend to keep him on the right path!

  3. 3Xe1ioaiNITxtqNW5CaZEzpxpY4ggtEQJVxO4x0v98I= says:

    he is bored and needs his freedom
    put him in a sanctuary for bears
    he needs other bears

    1. Patricia King-Foley says:

      Totallly agreed. He’s isolated, lonely & desperate for freedom.

  4. Gelakoski,Carol says:

    Let him roam at a sanctuary or get him a pretty young mate Better yet do both,Ben deserves it. To smart and not so brainwashed as to be hangout in the same spot all day Ben needs outings and excitement Let Ben be Free!

  5. Joe says:

    Set him up with a soulmate,even bears need a good friend. He is so dam bored, next time he isn’t coming back,he needs more room, and he is going to find it some where else.Have a heart,help a bear.

  6. Gerald Ladd says:

    He’s smarter then idiot Biden.

    1. Sharon Droste says:

      Smarter THAN…

  7. akashara says:

    Or you can just return him to the wild where he belongs. He wants to roam free. Let him go back to nature.

    1. jsooz says:

      Unfortunately he has been in captivity too long to be set free. It’s better for Ben to be transferred to a bear sanctuary where he will have room to roam and, find his lady love while having the care he needs.

  8. Barron Gulak says:

    Grin and bear it!

  9. Jack says:

    The poor bear obviously is being CONFINED in too close quarters for it’s nature. Either open his domain to enlargen it and get him another bear to have as a companion or something to mentally stimulate it – the bear is stir crazy obviously – this is akin to GROSS animal cruelty!

  10. Jack says:

    The poor bear is still considered a youngster. Understand, keepers, that he needs companionship – not placed in a cage and expected to do well ALONE! The young bear clearly is LONELY, and BORED. He’s going stir crazy just like YOU would. No intellectual stimulation is not healthy for anyone. This is 2023 not turn of the century – get educated to common sense and get that bear some grossly needed attention. The bear will continue to expose himself to potential dangers, broken teeth, cuts, bruses which will be YOUR fault as humans (supposedly) responsible for his well-being. Shame on you for committing animal cruelty!!!!

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