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Male polar bear kills female polar bear at Detroit Zoo

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ROYAL OAK, Me. (AP) – Officials say a male polar bear killed a 20-year-old polar bear at the Detroit Zoo while trying to mate.

The zoo says 16-year-old Nuka killed Anana on Monday after she was separated for several months. Scott Carter, the zoo’s life sciences officer, says the death was “completely unexpected”.

The zoo says that Nuka has lived in the zoo since 2011 and was bred with other female bears with no harmful behavior. Anana arrived at the Detroit suburbs zoo in January 2020 and was introduced to Nuka a few months later.

The zoo says the mating program “is critical to the conservation of this endangered species”.

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