Columbus Zoo tranquilizes black bear club that escapes exhibit

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 09:54:33-04

A 7-month old black bear cub was tranquilized after it broke through its exhibit and gained access to Columbus Zoo grounds Saturday morning.

No injuries have been reported by the zoo.

The zoo said the cub was able to scale a fence and avoid an electric wire that would have shocked it, according ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus.

Guests were moved to safety after a lockdown was called, according to the zoo.

The zoo stated that its emergency response team tranquilized the cub at around 11:30 a.m.; then it was crated and taken to a secure area.
It is one of two cubs orphaned in the wild that came to the Columbus Zoo a few months ago.
The black bear habitat will remained closed for the duration of the day.