On our annual Christmas visit to Richmond, VA, we walked around the Maymont Park for some exercise, fresh air, and to see the animals. We stopped at the bear area to look at the two black bears, who were sleeping in caves above the pond. The bears had several acres with a pond and a hillside with caves, which is about as good as a bear in captivity can expect.
Now the two bears are dead due to incredibly stupid humans.
The boy and a parent – whom officials would not name – climbed a 4-foot wooden fence to enter a restricted area around the bear habitat on Saturday. The boy apparently tried to feed one of the bears an apple through the 10-foot chain-link fence that surrounds the bear exhibit and was bitten.
The bears were sedated and given a lethal injection after Maymont met behind closed doors for nearly three hours with 14 officials, including from Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Department of Health. They examined alternatives, including quarantining the bears and administering rabies treatment to the child.
In addition to looking into whether the parent was negligent or guilty of trespassing, the city will consider whether the bear’s pen was adequately fenced off.