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New bear makes friends at Durham museum

Yona, the Museum of Life and Science's new bear, is making friends and charming visitors this week.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

It's been almost two weeks since Yona, the Museum of Life and Sciences' new bear, went on display.

The one-year-old, rescued from the side of a Tennessee road, joins the museum's four other bears. And while the transition can be tough, Sherry Samuels, the museum's animal department director, tells me that overall Yona is doing really well.

Museum staff have paired her with four-year-old Gus, who they thought would be the most welcoming. Black bears are solitary animals. But the two have apparently hit it off.

Check the video to see the the two bears (Yona at 90 pounds and Gus at 260) playing. It's very cute. And learn more about the transition for Yona and how you can support the museum's bears through the Adopt an Animal program and the Great Human Race scheduled for March 27 in Durham.



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