A feminine polar bear dwelling at the Detroit Zoo was killed by her associate in a breeding attempt that went horribly unsuitable on Monday.
The bear, Anana, was positioned within the zoo in January 2020 and had been launched to the male bear, Nuka, in March, the zoo stated in an announcement.
The bears had been dwelling collectively “with out incident” for a part of final 12 months earlier than being separated for a number of months, the zoo stated.
They had been reunited final week as a part of a “polar bear species survival plan” — and tragedy struck when 16-year-old Nuka killed Anana, 20, whereas he was making an attempt to breed together with her.
“This was utterly surprising and the Detroit Zoo employees is devastated by the lack of Anana on this sudden and tragic occasion,” stated Scott Carter of the Detroit Zoological Society.
“The Detroit Zoo has not skilled the killing of 1 animal by one other animal in a long time; the final incidence was additionally with polar bears in 1988,” he added.
Nuka has lived at the Detroit Zoo since 2011 and has lived and bred with different feminine bears with out harming them, the zoo says.