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Ecomuseum black bears wake from hibernation

They were late to bed, but early to rise. The Ecomuseum’s two black bears emerged from hibernation on Tuesday and took their first stroll of 2016.

Juno and Genie spent the day rolling the snow

The Ecomuseum’s two black bears emerged from hibernation on Tuesday, took their first stroll of 2016 and had fun rolling in the snow. 0:45

They were late to bed, but early to rise.

The Ecomuseum's two black bears emerged from hibernation on Tuesday and took their first stroll of 2016.

Juno and Genie, both females, "came out and had a lot of fun [and] rolled around in the snow today," said Caroline Bourque with the Ecomuseum.

Juno and Genie, the Eco Museum's two black bears, came out of hibernation on Tuesday. (Ecomuseum)

Bourque said the black bears' emergence is a little on the earlier side.

She said the earliest a bear has woken from hibernation at the St-Anne-de-Bellevue zoo was Feb. 28 — just two days earlier than this year.

"The warm winter we had this year is probably impacting that early hibernation," she said, but "it won't have an effect on their health."

Caroline Bourque with the Ecomuseum said the black bears spent their first day out of hibernation rolling in the snow. (Ecomuseum)

All of the Ecomuseum's animals are there for a special reason and can't go back to the wild.

Juno, 4, hails from Manitoba and was orphaned at a young age and five-year-old Genie was born in a zoo.

Bourque says waking up is a long process and visitors who stop by should be prepared to see the bears napping.

"It might be a moment where they decided 'Oh, no I'm going to go back and snooze a little bit more.'"

All of the animals at the Ecomuseum are there for a special reason — Juno was an orphan and Genie was born in another zoo. (Ecomuseum)