Columbus Zoogoers were stunned when they were all placed on emergency lockdown Saturday morning at the zoo after a baby black bear cub escaped from it’s den enclosure.
It was reported that the bear cub scaled a fenced wall and got past the electric barrier. The bear cub was only loose in the zoo for 15 mins before she was sedated with a dart at 11:30am. She and the other bears were taken to their sleep quarters and the bear exhibit will remain closed until a full evaluation is conducted.
Official Statement from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:
At approximately 11:15 a.m., our seven month old female black bear cub breached its exhibit containment in the Zoo and gained access to Zoo grounds. The Zoo called for immediate lockdown of the Zoo which is our normal protocol. The lockdown was quickly downgraded and only the cub’s immediate area was considered on lockdown. All guests were moved to safety during the lockdown procedure. The Zoo’s Emergency Response Team went into immediate action to assess the situation, formulated a plan to tranquilize and secured the animal. At approximately 11:30 a.m. the animal was tranquilized, crated and taken to a secure area. Visitors in the park were moved to safe locations and were not in danger. We will provide more details as they become available.”
No humans or animals were harmed during this incident.