For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Munsey, one of the Kodiak bears at Wildwood Park & Zoo, has not been as active and engaged as normal recently. On Aug. 17 he was first observed as being lethargic and refusing to eat his morning diet. Zookeepers decided to keep him inside for the day and monitor his behavior. The observation continued throughout the weekend with hopes that he would feel better with time.
During this period, Munsey was offered his favorite fruit and a sports drink mixture in order to entice him into drinking and eating. By Monday he was in good spirits and snacking on what was offered, but he was still not quite himself.
At this point the Athens veterinary team examined Munsey thoroughly and could not pinpoint a specific cause for his changed behavior. Zookeepers observed Munsey closely the following two days, and although progress was noted and positive changes were seen, staff were still concerned.
On Thursday Munsey was transported to the UW Veterinary Clinic in Madison, where he was again examined completely by a team of veterinarians. He returned to Marshfield that evening and continues to recover from his procedure.
Munsey will be off exhibit as he recuperates in the comfort and privacy of his own den. His appetite is returning, and grapes are his favorite treat of the many small meals offered to him. Once it is determined he is able to return outside, he will be separated from his brother Boda for period of time as not to overexert himself in their rough play.