Ottawa Citizen

Zoo’s last po­lar bear dies dur­ing heat wave

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The last po­lar bear at the Buenos Aires zoo has died amid a heat wave. Zoo of­fi­cials say Win­ner be­came ner­vous and ir­ri­tated amid the scorch­ing heat of South Amer­ica’s austral sum­mer and the noise from fire­works dur­ing Christ­mas Eve cel­e­bra­tions. This af­fected his abil­ity to con­trol his body tem­per­a­ture and he ap­par­ently died of hy­per­ther­mia. The zoo is widely vis­ited in the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal and has tra­di­tion­ally show­cased po­lar bears.

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