September 28, 2013 3:54 pm

Zoo bringing in new polar bear

Argentine polar bear Arturo won't be joining bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, including Hudson, above.

Global News

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is stepping up to save a polar bear from being euthanized, and soon he will call Winnipeg home.

The three-year-old bear is being held by Manitoba conservation officials after he attacked someone in Churchill.

Though the man was not seriously injured, officials said because of the attack, the bear is unfit to be released back into the wild.

Zoo officials said they aren’t worried about the bear’s aggressive past and think he’ll get along well with Hudson.

“We really have a wild bear who has very little experience with a zoo situation and a zoo-born bear that has very little experience with natural polar bear social behaviour,” said Don Peterkin, chief operating officer of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

“So lots of challenges to overcome there, but we’ll work on that and in due course, I’m sure we’ll have them compatible.”

The new bear will arrive at the zoo in the next few weeks and be quarantined for at least 30 days before the two bears can be introduced.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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