BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- Three orphaned Alaskan black bear cubs recently rescued from the wild have found a new home at a West Michigan zoo.
Binder Park Zoo Interim CEO Diane Thompson says the Battle Creek facility "immediately agreed" to provide a welcoming home for the rambunctious and playful cubs that otherwise faced "certain death" if they weren't rescued.
The cubs arrived last week and will be on exhibit this weekend.
The two males and one female are about 6 months old and weigh 30 pounds. Zoo officials will seek the public's help for names.
Cubs in the wild completely depend on their mother for the first year of life and generally stay with her for 1 1/2 years learning necessary survival skills. North American black bears have been targeted by poachers.
You can see photos of the bear cubs on the Binder Park Zoo Facebook Page.