A zoo in western Canada is in trouble for taking a bear off premises to go out for ice cream.
Discovery Wildlife Park in Alberta is facing charges for allowing a ranger to drive the Kodiak bear to a local Dairy Queen to get it some ice cream. They captured it all in a video that shows the bear, named Berkley, sitting inside a pickup truck while the owner of the DQ leans out of the drive-thru window to feed it an ice cream cone. Someone in the video is heard saying, “We’ve got Berkley in the drive-thru testing out some ice cream so she can pick out her birthday cake.”
The head zookeeper insists that Berkley was safe and so was the public because the bear was on a chain. It turns out the zoo is also facing charges stemming from an incident last year in which a zookeeper brought Berkley home every night to be bottle fed and never notified fish and wildlife officials. (The Guardian)