Young bears attempt escape during Houston Zoo debut

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by KHOU.com staff

Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

HOUSTON – Two young bears the Houston Zoo rescued from California caused a stir as they made their debut Thursday, zoo officials said.

The bears, named Bell and Willow, were brought to the Houston Zoo after their mother was shot by a hunter.

Thursday was their first day on display and the bears climbed a back wall to an exhibit by getting up on top of a large planter.

Bell was coaxed into a crate by zoo employees with fruit, peanut butter and smelly fish. Willow went up in a tree and when they tried to get her she ran back into the pin.

Both bears were safely retrieved and were never in an area near the public or outside a fence where they could come into contact with the public, Houston zoo officials said.

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