05/30/2014 02:48 EDT | Updated 07/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Pair of aging bears at Nova Scotia wildlife park won't be euthanized: province

SHUBENACADIE, N.S. - A pair of aging black bears at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park in Nova Scotia have been granted a reprieve after fears arose they would be euthanized due to their declining health.

Controversy arose last month after an animal rescuer said a tour guide at the park had told her the bears would be euthanized.

The wildlife park about 60 kilometres north of Halifax said at that time that the 21-year-old bears were getting a checkup and would stay put if they were found to be in good health.

The Department of Natural Resources says Cinnamon and Ginger were losing weight last year, so staff increased calories in their diets and prevented them from hibernating this winter.

The department says the strategy worked and the bears have returned to good health.

Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says many people expressed concern for the bears and he's pleased veterinarian test results show they are in good enough condition to continue living at the park. (CKTY)