Since the sisters are still young and very interactive, they are very easy to enrich and they will play with a variety of items! Keepers use puzzle feeders and barrels to hang their food, as well as hiding their diet around the exhibit in boxes or wrapped in newspaper for them to find. This way, they get the experience of “hunting” for their food. Occasionally, keepers will also spread honey, peanut butter, jelly and similar sweets on logs and trees on their exhibit for them to find and enjoy. They particularly love when they get ice and frozen treats!
The bears’ keepers have come to nickname this playful pair the “Whale Bears” because of the loud vocalizations they make when they are excited or agitated – much like Dory from “Finding Nemo”! This nickname is also fitting since the bears love to take bubble baths, or ice baths, even sometimes fighting over who can sit in their tub of ice – rolling around in eating the ice!
Libby is darker than her sister and has a smaller face. She is slightly more inquisitive and tends to be the more impatient of the two, even “scolding” her keepers loudly for taking too long to feed her! She is also more likely than her sister to go for a swim in their pool.
Laurel can be recognized by the white markings on her chest and her cinnamon color. She prefers to stay indoors and is more calm and patient than Libby when her keepers are working with her, except when she’s waiting to go inside!
Both bears are fed a variety of greens, fruit and omnivore chow, plus they receive herring three times a week. Libby and Laurel can currently be seen on exhibit in our Asia lobe at Zoo Miami, but will be moved to their new home in our upcoming Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit once it opens!