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polar bears, Auckland Zoo

about 1992?

polar bears, Auckland Zoo
Chlidonias, 27 May 2008
    • Chlidonias
      about 1992?
    • snowleopard
      Great photo, but is that polar bear in the background green? I suppose that it is the same syndrome that affects the Singapore Zoo bears...algae.
    • Chlidonias
      it certainly is green. For those who don't know, the individual hairs of a polar bear's coat are hollow and in zoos algae often grows inside the hairs turning the bear green or sometimes brown
    • NZ Jeremy
      Auckland always had huge problems with its bears... Many had to be euthanised due to "skin conditions"...
    • Jalur_Tiger_Cub
      to be honest im quite glad we dont have bears anymore! They were more then the zoo could handle!
    • Hix
      I've seen green polar bears in zoos all over the world, but the cleanest ones I ever saw were in Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon - they were sparkling white. Probably because when they get out of the water, they fur dries in the hot dry air very quickly and the algae hasn't a hope of getting established.
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