Sloth bear siblings make debut at San Diego Zoo

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SAN DIEGO - Sloth bear siblings explored their new exhibit Thursday at the San Diego Zoo after being transferred from Idaho.

The brother and sister, named Sahaasa and Kayla respectively, completed their quarantine at the Zoo’s animal hospital. The pair are on loan from the Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls.

Zoo released video of the bears discovering all the features of the habitat including the felled-tree climbing structure, a raised platform, and puzzle feeders that reward the animal with food treats when jostled or rolled.

The bears made their exhibit debut just in time for the opening of the San Diego Zoo’s annual Jungle Bells celebration, presented by California Coast Credit Union.

This year’s event features the Northern Frontier Holiday Forest inside Polar Bear Plunge, a thicket of decorated trees designed to entertain during the day and night.

The zoo will be open until 8 p.m. each night of Jungle Bells, letting guests experience exotic animals after dark and enjoy the seasonal entertainment.

The Jungle Bells holiday celebration runs Dec. 13-23, 25-31, and Jan. 1-4. A schedule of the events at the zoo are posted online.

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