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Bears and Teddies at the Zoo 

When: Sat., Sept. 25 2010

Last month we heard the horrific story of the bear that attacked and killed a man at a private exotic animal farm in Lorain County. It reminds us that bears are best observed at the zoo and not in your backyard. Today, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers a certifiably safe introduction to the fascinating creatures with Teddy Bear Day. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine, where kids can bring their own stuffed bears to be examined by a veterinarian, participate in bear-oriented games and crafts, learn bear facts and how the zoo's bears are cared for, meet costumed bear characters, and have a bear design painted on their face. At 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., the musical teddy bear parade will march up to the Northern Trek area to meet the zoo's bears — from the other side of the moat. It's free with zoo admission ($10 for adults, $7 ages 2-11). But there's a wonderful catch: Every kid who brings a stuffed animal gets in free. The zoo is at 3900 Wildlife Way; call 216-661-6500 or go to — Pantsios


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