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Thanks, Sarah! Love this background history to Bear Mountain. I assume the original bear was caged, prior to getting his new home (although if he were roaming, that would be an image in and of itself).

Regarding your last paragraph, you'll be interested to know that some zoos now will put warming elements under prominently-placed rocks, to encourage large cats to laze about in public view. I believe our zoo has these as well in the lion enclosure.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Laura! I didn't know about the warming elements; what clever use of animal psychology to encourage, not force, a behavior.

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