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Zoo becomes land of fish and honey for twin bears’ birthdays

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Twin sisters Ursula and Sierra break into their gift boxes Saturday morning. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A couple of dozen Roswell residents gathered at Spring River Zoo Saturday morning to help black bears Ursula and Sierra commemorate their seventh birthdays.

The twin sisters received boxes of fish, honey, coconuts and other treats as people serenaded them with a birthday song and enjoyed cupcakes, hot chocolate and candy canes for themselves.

Zoo staff and former staff said the youngsters came to the zoo after their mom was trapped in Ruidoso and put down, having been caught a third time for breaking into dumpsters and property to find food. The zoo’s former bear residents had passed away after many years in Roswell, so the zoo was able to provide a place for the cubs.

Education Coordinator Caitlyn Lenz said the birthday parties are held as a way for the community to be more involved with the zoo and its many occupants, as well as get some sugary treats of their own.

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