- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - A bronze bear statue that was toppled from its perch on a landmark fountain in western New York is now on display in a museum.

The village of Geneseo’s iconic bear was knocked off its sandstone pedestal when a delivery truck hit the fountain’s granite base on April 7. The impact knocked the base off its foundation and sent the bear, depicted hugging a light pole, tumbling into a hole under the fountain.

The fountain has been a landmark on Geneseo’s Main Street since the late 1880s. Generations of SUNY Geneseo students have come to know it as “the bear in the square.”

The bear is on temporary display at the Livingston County Museum in Geneseo.

Officials say they’ll rebuild the fountain and return the bear to its proper place.

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