NAME THE CUBS: Clay Center Zoo welcomes sister cubs as re-model continues

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The Clay Center Zoo has been remodeling for the last two years, and they’re in the final stretch as long as the weather can give them a break.

However, even with the recent rain, it’s been hard for people to ‘bear’ their excitement thanks to the two new sister cubs.

“They’re a lot of energy there and a lot of fun, two pampered bears,” Zoo Curator Garett Payne said.

“This is the most foot traffic on a daily basis that I’ve seen here in the seven years I’ve been here, it’s unbelievable the response that we’ve got from these bear cubs,” Payne said. “It’s just constant, all day long. We’re staying open a little later now because there are so many people coming down after 5:00 just to see them.”

And their new home is about to get a whole lot bigger.

“From where we came from, to where we’re going, which is big natural exhibits is really exciting,” Zoo Director Scott Glaves.

The new cubs are going to have a house, waterfall and natural enrichment. However, the project has come along with a few bumps on the way.

“The wet fall, which led into a wet snowy fall, which led into a wet spring has hampered things it’s been so muddy down here,” Glaves said. 

All in all, the upgrades are expected to be complete around late summer or early fall.    

The zoo is free for you to visit and check them out, and you can help come up with a name for the two cubs.

The winning name will get a chance for a special meet and greet with the bears. 

Click here to find out how to submit your name ideas. 

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