New Wildlife Park Welcomes Cub

Newborn cub, Doc, joined the Bearizona family in Williams in mid January.

Newborn cub, Doc, joined the Bearizona family in Williams in mid January.

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The staff at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams announce the arrival of the first cub born at the facility.

The new cub was named Doc in honor of Doc Casey, Bearizona’s CEO Sean Casey’s late father.

Doc was born in the middle of January (as was Doc Casey) and removed from the den on Feb. 28.

Doc joins Itty, a cub rescued from Missouri earlier this month.

The cubs play together in Fort Bearizona, the walking portion of the park.

Currently, Doc and Itty are on exhibit in the gift shop for visitors to get an up-close look before they will move into their own exhibit later in the season.

“The cubs grow up fast and will outgrow their gift shop exhibit quickly, so visitors who want to get this special up-close look should plan their visit as soon as possible,” said Sean Casey.

Casey anticipates the cubs will move into their own exhibit sometime in April.

The bear cubs give visitors one more reason to add a Bearizona adventure to their spring break plans, Casey said.

Bearizona is a half hour west of Flagstaff and only two hours northwest of Phoenix.

Bearizona opened for the 2011 season March 1 and is open every day of the week.

Bearizona welcomed more than 90,000 visitors on its opening year in 2010.

The park is thankful to the City of Williams and all of Arizona for their support, Casey said.

For more information, check out Bearizona’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bearizona.

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