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Debby, World's Oldest Living Polar Bear, Dies

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Debby, a 41-year-old polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba was euthanized yesterday due to a degrading kidney condition. Debby was orphaned as a cub and brought to the zoo in 1967.

The Zoo released a statement about Debby, who was considered the world's oldest living polar bear: "It is with great sadness that Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo must advise that Debby the polar bear -- one of the world's most-famous and loved bears -- was euthanized on Monday."

Zoo coordinator Gordon Glover said Debby was "without a doubt the most famous animal in (the zoo's) 104-year history."

News reports, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Iceland Shoots Second Lost, Starving Polar Bear in a Month

At the beginning of the month I posted about a lost, starving Polar Bear that had been shot by police in Iceland after it had swam 200 miles from Greenland or the nearest chunk of Arctic ice. They said they were afraid it posed a threat to humans but couldn't wait 24 hours for a "correct tranquilizer" to be flown in. Their excuse was disputed by a local veet who said he could have had the proper tranquilizer flown in in about an hour.

PbWell, another Polar Bear turned up. They shot and killed it again. What was their excuse this time?

"The chief veterinarian from the Copenhagen zoo had been flown in late Tuesday to help. The police 'tried to get close to (the bear) with our vet, but they did not get close enough to shoot it with the anaesthetiser,' zoo spokesman Bengt Holst told AFP. 'Then the bear started running, so the police were frightened they would lose control. The bear could run very close to the populated area, so they decided to shoot it,' he added. Holst said he believed Icelandic authorities had made the right decision. 'It was a security problem,' he said."

I wonder if they posed smugly with their trophy again?

A news report on the first bear, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via americablog)

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Iceland Police Kill Polar Bear After it Swims 200 Miles to Find Land

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This is so sad.

A Polar Bear that swam 200 miles from either Greenland or a "distant chunk of Arctic ice" finally reached land in Iceland, where it was shot by a group of police, They said they were afraid it posed a threat to humans but couldn't wait 24 hours for a "correct tranquilizer" to be flown in.

Actually: "Sveinbjarnardottir's account was disputed by the chief vet in the town of Blönduó, Egill Steingrímsson, who said he had the drugs necessary to immobilise the bear in the boot of his car. 'If the narcotics gun would have been sent by plane, it would have arrived within an hour,' he said. 'They could keep tabs on the bear for that long.'"

And then the pigs posed smugly behind it like some kind of trophy — a starving, exhausted, (not to mention endangered) animal whose life had just ended by their rifles.

Clip AFTER THE JUMP...

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