TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Northeast Kansas is experiencing warmer temperatures, but one black bear in Topeka is not ready to leave winter behind.
A black bear named Val at the Topeka Zoo dug a hole and laid down for a torpor back in November , which is a type of hibernation.
Animal Care Supervisor Shanna Simpson said Val typically wakes up in mid-March, but the weather could change that.
“It is weather dependant,” Simpson said. “If our winter is kind of tapering off and we start to have more consistently warm weather days she’s going to come out.”
The class that guesses the closest will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the black bear exhibit. They will also get a painting made by one of the bears and get to watch a live stream while it’s being made.