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Yona the bear

Posted January 11, 2010 9:16 p.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2010 10:58 p.m. EST

Yona, the new bear at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, should make her public debut sometime this month.

The 90-pounder was moved to the museum a couple of weeks ago. Appalachian Bear Rescue in Tennessee had been caring for the cub, who had been found on the side of the road. Officials believe she was probably being moved to a new den site by her mom.

Yona, which means bear in Cherokee, is in quarantine for 30 days before she joins the museum's four other bears in the Explore the Wild exhibit.

According to the museum, the rescue group tried to return her to the wild. But Yona had spent too much time with people and wouldn't have made it.

The museum has launched an "Adopt a Bear" campaign to help raise money to care for Yona and the other bears. Museum officials say it costs about $40,000 a year to care for each bear.

Click here for more information about the program.

And check out the museum's blog, which is tracing Yona's journey.