NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Grizzly bears Betty and Veronica are moving into a new home.NYC Mayoral Candidates Make Last-Minute Push For Votes Ahead Of Tuesday's Primary
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs both zoos, said the pair will live in an exhibit that has housed the beloved polar bear Gus, who died last year. The 6,000-foot habitat is being rebuilt and expected to open sometime in November.
Zoo visitors are in for a treat. Officials said Betty and Veronica come when they’re called, stand for a belly exam — and even offer their claws for a nail trim.
Betty and Veronica will eventually be replaced. Three orphaned grizzly bear cubs rescued in Montana last year are being socialized at the Bronx Zoo to take their place.READ MORE: More Violence On Subways: Police Say Tourist Hit With Bottle, Man Slashed In Separate Attacks
All three cubs are female.
Two are sisters whose mother was illegally shot and the third cub was orphaned after her mother had to be euthanized.
“While we are saddened that the bears were orphaned, we are pleased WCS is able to provide a home for these beautiful animals that would not have been able to survive in the wild on their own,” said Craig Piper, Director of WCS City Zoos. “We look forward to sharing their stories that will certainly endear them in the hearts of New Yorkers. Our goal is to help people better understand how to safely coexist with bears when visiting or living in bear country.”
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