Detroit Zoo's 3 bear cubs laying low for now

Published On: Dec 29 2011 06:30:32 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 29 2011 06:40:05 AM EST

Image courtesy of Alaska Zoo

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Three orphaned bear cubs that came to the Detroit Zoo from Alaska earlier this month are going to stay out of the public eye for the winter.

The zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak said Wednesday that officials have decided Mike, Thor and Boo should stay "denned up" as they would in the wild. The cubs will be in a private, off-exhibit area at least until early March.

Zoo officials say the 11-month-old cubs just want to eat and sleep -- typical for wild grizzly bears at this time of year.

The Detroit Zoo says the cubs were orphaned in October when their mother was killed. Alaska wildlife officials contacted the zoo after determining the cubs couldn't survive the winter on their own.


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