The North Carolina Zoo's newest polar bear made her big debut Thursday morning in Asheboro.
Patches the polar bear arrived in Nov. 20 but the zoo has not rushed her into public view so she could get acclimated to her new setting.
Patches is 26 years old and came from the Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania, where she had been since December. 2007. Before that, she had been at a zoo in Omaha, Neb.
The North Carolina Zoo had a popular polar bear, Aquila, die suddenly in September.