COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — A beloved grizzly bear at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia died Saturday as a result of declining health.
The grizzly bear, named Sundance, came to the zoo with his brother, Butch, at 9 months old and was known as the ‘sunshine bear.’
“Sundance had a gentle disposition, kind eyes, and loved to interact with his keepers,” Riverbanks Zoo and Garden officials wrote in a Facebook post.
“Sundance loved to wrestle with his brother Butch and always kept an eye on his brother’s hole digging. Keepers joked that he was Butch’s foreman and oversaw all his hard work.”
The community honored Sundance by posting photos of him on the zoo’s Facebook page.