Polar bear killed by another animal at Detroit Zoo


by Matthew BleicherMonday, February 8th 2021AA

<img src="https://komonews.com/resources/media2/16×9/full/1015/center/80/6bbfdc29-d4c5-4fb8-beaf-9f665659f791-large16x9_POLARBEARFILEDETROITZOO.png&quot; alt="Visitors to the Detroit Zoo's new Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit get an up close and personal view of a polar bear October 16, 2001 in Royal Oak, Michigan. The new 4.2 acre, $14.9 million exhibit is the largest polar bear exhibit in the world, and contains a 70-foot long viewing tunnel that runs beneath a 300,000 gallon chilled salt water pool, and other arctic wildlife such as seals, snowy owls, and arctic fox. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Visitors to the Detroit Zoo’s new Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit get an up close and personal view of a polar bear October 16, 2001 in Royal Oak, Michigan. The new 4.2 acre, $14.9 million exhibit is the largest polar bear exhibit in the world, and contains a 70-foot long viewing tunnel that runs beneath a 300,000 gallon chilled salt water pool, and other arctic wildlife such as seals, snowy owls, and arctic fox. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)<p>{/p}

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WEYI) — On Monday, the Detroit Zoological Society said in a statement that a female polar bear, Anana, was killed by another polar bear.

According to the zoo, it happened during a breeding attempt. The male polar bear, Nuka, killed Anana.

“This was completely unexpected and the Detroit Zoo staff is devastated by the loss of Anana in this sudden and tragic event,” said Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter. The zoo says the two bears lived with each other in 2020 without any issues. They had just been reintroduced last week. This was part of a nation-wide program called the “Polar Bear Species Survival Plan.” According to a statement from the Detroit Zoo, this program is “a cooperative population management and conservation program that helps ensure the sustainability of healthy captive animal populations.”

Nuka has been successful in the breeding program before. Nuka recently fathered twin cubs at the zoo.

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