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St Louis Zoo put on lockdown after bear escapes for second time in a MONTH

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The St. Louis Zoo is closed after the 300-pound Andean bear call Ben left his enclosure for the second time in a MONTH

  • Ben the bear left his habitat Thursday around 1 p.m.
  • Visitors and staff were ushered inside while zoo officials searched for the bear.
  • He was found an hour later sitting peacefully by a river before being tranquilized.

The St Louis Zoo has been shut down after a “curious” 300-pound Andean bear named Ben escaped from his enclosure for the second time in a month.

Zoo officials enacted their “emergency response protocol” after the four-year-old bear wandered out of his enclosure Thursday afternoon.

He previously went out for a walk on February 7th and escaped a second time after managing to break through the new stainless steel supports that the staff had added to try and prevent Ben from going outside again.

Zoo visitor Drew Wilson and his family spotted Ben wandering down a path in the distance and signaled his escape.

Wilson told Fox2: “We actually called,” said Drew Wilson, a zoo visitor. “They showed up maybe two minutes later. The bear was very calm the entire time we saw him. It looked like he was having fun.”

Zoo staff visitors were rushed to various indoor facilities as they searched for the massive animal.

Ben was found an hour later resting peacefully by a river before being tranquilized and taken to a different compound.

Ben is pictured wandering a public path at the St Louis Zoo on Thursday after his escape.

Ben appears in his compound, before his latest escape.  He too escaped on February 7 and has challenged efforts to strengthen security for him to prevent him from escaping again.

Ben appears in his compound, before his latest escape. He too escaped on February 7 and has challenged efforts to strengthen security for him to prevent him from escaping again.

An onlooker who saw Ben around said the bear seemed to be

An onlooker who saw Ben out and about said the bear seemed to be “having fun.”

The St. Louis Zoo, also called the Saint Louis Zoological Park, is home to more than 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered.

The zoo performsThere are active animal escape drills at least four times a year and they were prepared when Ben escaped.

It had been living at the Saint Louis Zoo since July 2021 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Andean Bear Species Survival Plan.

The Saint Louis Zoo, also called the Saint Louis Zoological Park, is home to more than 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered.

The Saint Louis Zoo, also called the Saint Louis Zoological Park, is home to more than 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered.

The zoo posted the escape on Twitter of Ben crawling through a mesh hole and going about 100 feet before being released.

The zoo posted the escape on Twitter of Ben crawling through a mesh hole and going about 100 feet before being released.

The first time Ben escaped was on February 7th for about an hour and a half.

The cunning bear managed to free itself from its habitat after fiddling with a steel mesh that eventually loosened a cable and allowed it to break free.

The incident took place before the zoo opened to the public and no animals or staff members were injured.

Zoo officials have since secured the space with stainless steel clips used on cargo boats that have a 450-pound tensile strength, but Ben freed himself, the zoo director said.

‘We thought that would be enough. We added the clips about every eight inches, but he still managed to break a few of them,” Macek said.

She added: “He is very curious.”

The zoo plans to work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Bear Taxa Advisory Group to help secure Ben’s habitat.

Andean bears, also known as spectacled bears for their facial markings, are native to the Andes mountains in South America.

They tend to follow a vegetarian diet, but do eat some meat as well, and their population level is considered vulnerable by conservationists.

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