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Polar Bear Frolics in Snow at San Diego Zoo
Generosity of Donors Creates Tons of Wintery Fun for Bears
The polar bears at the San Diego Zoo received a special treat when they came out of their dens to discover their exhibit covered in 18 tons of fresh snow. Tatqiq, a 12-year-old female, immediately took to the icy surface, rubbing and wiggling on one of the mounds of glittery snow.
The special enrichment for the Zoo’s three polar bears was made possible by generous donors who contributed funds to the Zoo’s online Animal Care Wish List to provide 36,000 pounds of snow for the bears. The wish list is like an online gift registry for animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It is updated monthly and can be found at sandiegozoo.org/wishlist.
All three polar bears at the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge dug, pounced and rolled in the snow for hours while smiling donors and Zoo visitors enjoyed watching them play.
Photo taken on Feb. 9, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.
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