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Black bear scales 10-foot fence to visit Knoxville Zoo

June 25th, 2013 11:46 am by Amy McCray, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville Zoo had an unexpected break-in Monday night — from a wandering black bear.

While zoos are always alert to keep their exotic animals safely inside their habitats, they rarely experience a wild animal the size of a bear wanting to get inside their boundaries.

It was about midnight when a zoo ranger spotted a young black bear scaling the 10-foot-high chain-link and barbed wire of the zoo’s perimeter fence. A neighbor had alerted the zoo a bear had been seen in the Chilhowee Park area, zoo spokeswoman Tina Rolen said today.

Read more at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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