Birthday Goodies for a Big Black Bear

Black bear Papa enjoys some special enrichment at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo to celebrate his 26th birthday.

Black bear Papa celebrated his 26th birthday “just right” with some sweet enrichment put together by the zoo’s Volunteer Enrichment Group.

Black bear Papa celebrated his 26th birthday “just right” with some sweet enrichment put together by the zoo’s Volunteer Enrichment Group.

Papa gave the hive a good sniff before digging in. The male, who shares his exhibit with younger male, Kitai, is geriatric for his species but generally in good health, animal caregivers report.

Papa gave the hive a good sniff before digging in. The male, who shares his exhibit with younger male, Kitai, is geriatric for his species but generally in good health, animal caregivers report.

A long tongue helped the birthday bear scoop up the honey smeared over the hive, which was also filled with tasty browse. Papa eventually cracked the hive and enjoyed the treats within.

A long tongue helped the birthday bear scoop up the honey smeared over the hive, which was also filled with tasty browse. Papa eventually cracked the hive and enjoyed the treats within.

Here's video of black bear Papa enjoying his birthday goodies!

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