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Saturday 20 September 2014

Zoo evacuated over escaped bear cub

An escaped bear cub has caused a zoo in the US to be evacuated

A zoo in the US has been evacuated while a bear cub was coaxed back into its cage.

Spring River Zoo in Roswell, New Mexico, was emptied for an hour while the cub was running around on the roof of an enclosure.

Director Elaine Mayfield told KOB-TV the cub got out of its cage when keepers filling up a moat accidentally left water running all day.

The higher water level allowed the bear to make its escape by swimming across the moat and then climbing up the front of the exhibit's cage to the roof.

Zoo officials called New Mexico Game and Fish officers, who got the bear back into its cage and the zoo reopened.

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