A central Alberta, Canada, zoo is facing two charges under the province’s Wildlife Act after a bear was taken through a drive-thru for ice cream.
A video, posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive Kodiak bear named Berkley leaning out a truck’s window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.
Officials with the province investigated the video and the terms of the zoo’s permit. “Under the terms and conditions of the zoo’s permit, the charges are directly related to the alleged failure of the park to notify the provincial government prior to the bear leaving the zoo,” said a statement from Fish and Wildlife.
The zoo’s permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.