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Tucson's new grizzly bears make their public debut

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Tucson's new grizzly bears make their public debut

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Sep 19, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Today is the first chance to see Tucson's new grizzly bears up close at the renovated Grizzly Crossing Habitat at the Reid Park Zoo.

The orphaned brother and sister bears arrived in July from Montana.    

Wildlife officials in Montana determined they had to rescue and relocate the bears because they were a public safety hazard.

Tucsonans voted to name them Ronan and Finley.

Ronan is the male. He is larger with darker fur and loves to chow down on meat, fish and sweet potatoes.

Finley is the female and zookeepers say she's the more reserved of the two.Her favorite snack is fruit popsicles.               

The Grizzly Crossing Habitat was originally built to house polar bears, but in the past year, zookeepers have added shallow waters and a running stream

On Thursday morning there is a ticketed breakfast at 7:30 a.m. to welcome the grizzlies into their new habitat. Doors open to the public at 9 a.m.

More festivities are planned for a "Greet the Grizzlies" event from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.  
Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.