Cuteus Maximus: Wildlife park introduces newest resident

The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park recently welcomed its newest resident, a black bear cub named Maximus. Maximus was born in the wild in February but orphaned by his mother, according to Park Services Specialist Kate Spratt. He weighed just 4 pounds when FWC staff found him, and required round-the-clock care. The agency determined he couldn't be released back into the wild, but the park happened to have space available for a permanent resident bear. Maximus will be the second resident black bear at the park, joining Biddy, a female bear who was brought to the park as a cub in 2000 with her twin brother Brutus, who passed away in 2018. Anyone who wants to go visit Maximus can do so on Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, at the park at 4150 U.S. 19. He'll be in a special exhibit across from the bobcats. For more information, call the park at 352-628-5343.

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