The government has now charged the zoo for taking the bear to Dairy Queen without consent, and for not telling the authorities that the bear went to a private home for nightly feedings in 2017, according to a news source.
Bos told The Dodo that he’s “glad” they’d been charged. “I’m embarrassed that we forgot, and we put protocols in there so we hopefully don’t forget next time,” Bos said. “We implemented that double check system so it doesn’t happen again.”
But this isn’t the first time Discovery Wildlife Park has done something controversial. In 2005, the zoo allowed visitors to pay $20 to lean across an electrical fence and have a grizzly bear “kiss” them by licking their faces, which Laidlaw believes was an incredibly dangerous move.