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Patches the Polar Bear Debuts in New Zoo Home

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Patches, our long time Polar Bear at the Erie Zoo is a post-Christmas present for visitors to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Patches, the zoo's new female polar bear, went on exhibit for the first time Thursday.

The bear was born in November 1987 at a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, and was moved to the Erie Zoo in December 2007.

Patches was transferred to the North Carolina Zoo in late November after Erie Zoo officials decided to replace their polar bear habitat with new exhibits.

The 26-year-old bear was at first reluctant to go indoors to off-exhibit holding quarters, making it difficult for keepers to perform maintenance on the exhibit.

A zoo official said the hydraulic doors will remain open to give the bear access to both the exhibit and holding quarters.

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