The bears "found themselves in the exhibit’s behind-the-scenes service hallway," Curley's news release said. "Keepers quickly secured the building and notified vet staff that the curious bears had entered the exhibit’s secondary containment zone."
There was never any risk or injury caused to any visitors or staff, Curley said. As a precaution, public visitors were moved indoors. The zoo has since been reopened, and all polar bears are now "contained and unharmed," according to the zoo's news release.
“Zoo staff followed protocols that we have in place and were able to safely return the bears to their primary holding area in under two hours,” said Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo.
Polar bear Berit breached behind the scenes area but was never loose in zoo. Situation is ongoing & under control- visitors & staff are safe
At approximately 11:30am, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 our female polar bear Berit breached a behind the scenes containment area but was never loose in the zoo. The situation is ongoing and under control. There is no risk to staff or visitors in the park, but as a precaution guests were moved indoors. Visitors are safe to leave the park if they choose. There are no injuries to animal staff or visitors. We are currently working on resolving the situation. As of right now, the Cincinnati Zoo is now reopen. Polar bears are contained and unharmed. Thank you for your patience.