Child, not grizzly bears, cracked glass window at Oakland Zoo, officials say

A bear in a zoo behind damaged glass
A grizzly bear in the water behind damaged glass at the Oakland Zoo.
(Oakland Zoo)

A child, not the grizzly bears, cracked a glass viewing window at the Oakland Zoo’s bear exhibit, and officials say there’s no need to fear the bears will get out.

Oakland Zoo spokeswoman Erin Harrison said in a statement Tuesday that a child hit a rock against the glass several times, “shattering the laminate layer.”

She says the bulletproof-strength glass at the enclosure where four grizzly bears live is made of six separate panes, each an inch thick.

Another zoo visitor reported the child to staff, but they couldn’t find the family, she said.


Harrison says a replacement glass pane will cost $67,000 and require specialty equipment to install next month.