The Saint Louis Zoo houses a particular type of bear I always understood to be a spectacled bear.
According to Wikipedia it is a bear known variously as a spectacled, South American, Andean, short-faced, mountain, jukumari, ukumari, or ukuku bear.
Saint Louisans, correct me if I am wrong, but was it the spectacled bear who paced relentlessly across his bear pit back in the bear pit days?
AND IF SO, MIGHT HE ALSO BE BEN THE BEAR, the same bear who has escaped his fancy new bear enclosure twice now?
Ben goes by "Andean" bear nowadays, and it would seem all the plans for escape he made in those years of pacing and plotting in the pit have come to fruition in the month of February, when he got out of his new enclosure twice.
The first time I believe the zoo was closed, but yesterday he got out again and wandered past some people with iPhones. As per his plan, all nearby human animals were then locked into what the local news station cleverly called "enclosures" -- things like The Living World, perhaps a cafeteria, maybe the Reptile house. Then they took him down with a dart gun and put him back.
If you are from St. Louis, let me know if you remember if the pacing bear was the Andean / spectacled bear, and if you are not from St. Louis, read the AP article about Ben's escape.