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Pinocchio Settling in at Salisbury Zoo

Posted: 11/12/2017 17:11:00 -05:00 Updated:

SALISBURY, Md. -- Sunday was Pinocchio's first full day at the Salisbury Zoo. The Andean Bear arrived at the zoo on Saturday from Ecuador.

WBOC put a go pro in Pinocchio's cage, and by the looks of it, he's adjusting to his new home. 

Pinocchio is currently in quarantine. Zookeepers want to make sure the bear is in good health before releasing him to his new neighbors. 

"We want to check and make sure he's healthy, that he's eating so we can introduce him to Chaska, our female bear," said zookeeper, Lauren Milliner.

Chaska is also an Andean Bear, the female Pinocchio was brought to the zoo to mate with. Zookeepers say Andean bears are endangered. 

The Salisbury Zoo looks forward to the two bears being together. 

"We're hoping that by introducing him, we'll get some cubs, we'll be able to contribute back to the Andean bear numbers in the zoo," said Milliner.

While Pinocchio is in quarantine, only two zookeepers will interact with him. 

During that time, zookeepers will monitor his food intake and train him 

Zookeepers hope to release Pinocchio to the public in Salisbury by the end of the year.

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