Alaska Zoo provides temporary care for brown bear cub rescued near Nome



May 10, 2018

Alaska Zoo provides temporary care for brown bear cub rescued near Nome

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Zoo took a 10-pound, male brown bear into its care after the cub was discovered by Alaska Wildlife Troopers on April 29, near its deceased mother close to Nome, Alaska. The cub is not currently available for public or media viewing and will remain in quarantine for an unknown period of time. 

“This is one of the smallest cubs we’ve ever had come into our care,” said Alaska Zoo Executive Director Pat Lampi, who has worked at the nonprofit for more than 30 years. Last year alone, the Alaska Zoo provided refuge for 11 cubs found injured or orphaned in the Alaska wilderness until permanent homes for the animals could be arranged.

This cub, named Theodore or “Teddy,” thanks to his uncanny resemblance to a Teddy bear, will find his forever home at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington state once he is deemed healthy enough to be transported there.

“He is responding well and appears to be in good condition,” continued Lampi. “Right now he is eating about five times each day and is on a diet of formula and kibble. Our talented team of veterinarians, zookeepers and staff members are taking great pride in caring for him until he is ready to go to his forever home.”

More information about the zoo can be found at Additional details will be posted on the website as they become available.

About the Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for 49 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of and Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, annual memberships, history, animals and more is available at Image by Angelica Evans.

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