Bear worthy of honor

Chicago Bears defensive end Michael Haynes and mascot Staley will be at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, May 22 at 11 a.m. to announce the winner of the zoo's polar bear naming contest, which was co-sponsored by the Chicago Bears. The announcement will take place in front of the Bear Grottos.

The presentation Saturday caps a three-week naming contest run jointly between the Bears and Brookfield Zoo, which generated over 6,500 entries representing all 50 U.S. states. The contest was open to the public from April 24 through May 14 and will benefit an 80-pound male polar bear cub that was born at the zoo last November.

The winner of the naming contest will receive four tickets to a Chicago Bears game and the opportunity to be on the field during the pre-game warm-ups. They will also receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo for four people, including lunch with the bear keepers and zoo director Dr. Stuart Strahl, and a Brookfield Zoo Share the Care package.

Haynes, who majored in animal sciences at Penn State, has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian after his pro football career. He has had a variety of pets during his life, including piranha and a pair of boa constrictors.

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