Bear cub who bit Wash U students now at St. Louis Zoo

Bear cub who bit Wash U students now at St. Louis Zoo

Bear cub who bit Wash U students now at St. Louis Zoo

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:41 AM

ST. LOUIS -- A bear cub that bit several students at Washington University is now at the St. Louis Zoo, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Boo Boo, the 3-month-old bear, will be kept at the zoo under observation for at least 30 days out of public view. The bear's permanent location is still not known.

The bear cub nipped at and broke the skin of 14 Washington University students as part of a petting zoo on campus last week. The zoo featured a variety of animals such as a baby pig and goats.

The university was initially concerned that those students may have contracted rabies so it had the students tested for the disease.

The only way to know for sure if a bear has rabies is to euthanize it and test. However, doctors ruled out rabies Friday afternoon, and the university said the bear cub will live.

The bear was born in the wild and was part of a petting zoo operated by Cindy’s Zoo in Moscow Mills, Missouri. A message left Friday with owner Cindy Farmer was not returned.

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