• 3 bears spotted outside 'Teddy Bear' day care in Altamonte Springs

    By: Kelly Healey


    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Two bear cubs and their mother were spotted outside the Teddy Bear Child Care Thursday in Altamonte Springs.

    The three bears spent the day hanging in a tree on Jay Drive and Oak Drive.

    When Channel 9 arrived, the mother bear ran away, but returned about 15 minutes later for her cubs. 

    The trio returned to the tree. 

    Dairelis Rodriguez, co-owner of the day care, told Channel 9's Johny Fernandez  her main priority was to make sure 12 kids at the facility were safe.

    "We stayed inside today. We had indoor games today, but other than that, it's cool because we are Teddy Bear Child Care and we see teddy bears outside," Rodriguez said.

    Raw video: Bears roam Altamonte neighborhood

    Neighbors said they have never seen black bears in the neighborhood.

    "It is exciting. It's amazing. They're beautiful," resident Shannon Peck said.

    FWC officials said whenever anyone encounters a bear, they should just leave it alone and give it space.

    Officials said bears are on the move because of the change in weather and they're looking for food.

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