Polar bear killed at Detroit Zoo

Anana arrived at zoo in January 2020

Anana the polar bear at the Detroit Zoo.
Anana the polar bear at the Detroit Zoo. (Detroit Zoo)

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society is mourning the loss of a female polar bear.

Anana died Monday during a mating attempt by a male polar bear, Nuka. The 20-year-old female arrived at the zoo in January 2020.

She was living with 16-year-old male Nuka since March.

Here is the statement from the Detroit Zoo late Monday:

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For the first time in nearly two decades, polar bear cubs were born and are being successfully raised at the Detroit Zoo. On Nov. 17, 2020, officials say 8-year-old mother Suka gave birth to two polar bear cubs who are now being raised at the zoo -- one by Suka, and the other by staff.

Zoo officials said the cubs, who are currently unnamed, were born in a specially-designed, private maternity den away from the other bears in the enclosure. The den is equipped with infrared video cameras that staff use to monitor the mother and cubs without disturbing them.

See the cubs here.


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