Africa's Last Polar Bear Dies at South African Zoo

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JOHANNESBURG - A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa died at a South African zoo on Wednesday, a few months after his long-time mate passed away.

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"Africa's last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure," Johannesburg Zoo said in a statement.

The 30-year-old bear came to Africa from China in 1986, and was diagnosed with liver ailments four years ago.

"Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his partner of 27 years GeeBee," the zoo said.

GeeBee died of natural causes on January 12.

"In the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine's Day celebration," the zoo said.

The zoo decided not to replace the two animals, who are more suited to colder climates but nevertheless adapted to Johannesburg's temperatures, which can reach above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Evelyn Johnson

this is the evil satanic governments all over the world self bastards wanting to control life and make us all slaves, they will pay for this GOD has had it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 15 2014 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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