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Facts about the bear exhibit

  • September 13, 2012 - 9:32 PM

Cost: $1.75 million

Size: 10,000-square-foot exhibit; 15,000 total, counting viewing area and off-exhibit holding area.

Location: Last feature of Minnesota Trail, with a fireplace and a den for kids to crawl into and watch sleeping bears in their den.

Bears: Two males and one female, all born in early 2010 in the Leech Lake area but orphaned separately; they are not siblings.

The males weigh 230 pounds, the female 140, and they are likely to reach 400 pounds as adults.

Special features: There's a hot rock to draw them up to the glass in colder weather and a pool near the viewing area for warmer weather. They do have a place to retreat and hide a bit if they feel like it.

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