Ben, the Andean bear who escaped his St. Louis enclosure twice, is moving to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas.
ST. LOUIS — After escaping his enclosure at the Saint Louis Zoo twice last month, Ben the Andean bear is getting a new home in Texas.
Though the Andean bear habitat in St. Louis met all standards for his species set by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ben’s curious personality makes him determined to explore the world around him.
Ben was found outside of his habitat in the Rivers Edge area before the zoo opened to the public on Feb. 7, according to the zoo. He was only on the loose for a little over an hour and a half before being tranquilized and returned to his enclosure. Just three weeks later, the bear escaped his enclosure againwhile the zoo was open. All visitors were moved indoors for safety, and Ben was tranquilized …