Nightside Report Feb. 9, 2021: Detroit Zoo staff shocked after polar bear killed, New Oakland County human trafficking unit makes arrests in Madison Heights

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Detroit Zoo staff shocked after polar bear killed during mating
Detroit Zoo staff shocked after polar bear killed during mating

‘I wish we understood what happened’: Detroit Zoo staff shocked after polar bear killed

DETROIT – A female polar bear at the Detroit Zoo was killed during a mating attempt on Monday.

Staff at the zoo said they’re in shock. A 20-year-old bear named Anana was killed by 16-year-old Nuka.

“I wish we understood what happened yesterday with the polar bears,” Detroit Zoo Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter said. “We don’t understand exactly what happened that caused the conflict that resulted in her death. We are trying to learn as much as we can. The male that she was with has been with other females. He’s the father of the little cubs that we have now. He’s never shown behavior like this towards a female before.”

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 569,980; Death toll now at 14,965

Metro Detroit weather: Frigid temperatures continue with snow possible before next week

A lot of the Midwest is dealing with worse cold, but our temperatures aren’t getting warmer any time soon. Plus more snow shots before next week.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrested two people in a human trafficking bust in Oakland County. Click here to read more.
  • The Local 4 Defenders discovered another Riverfront business operating with a long list of violations on their seawall. Click here to read more.
  • Dave Portnoy, from Barstool Sports, has spent years reviewing pizza places all across the country. Click here to read more.
  • For Black History Month, we are shining a spotlight on change makers in our community, including a local man combining martial arts and life experiences to help young Black men succeed. Click here to read more.

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Detroit to hold COVID vaccination fairs at churches for seniors

The City of Detroit is redoubling its efforts make sure eligible Detroiters are able to access a COVID-19 vaccine with new initiatives to reach more senior citizens in the community and provide transportation to the TCF Center for those who need a ride to their appointment.

The latest initiatives were announced Monday by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during a press conference.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.