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Bear set for Swedish zoo gets 'cold feet' and flees

Bear set for Swedish zoo gets 'cold feet' and flees

Published: 10 Apr 2012 14:57 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Apr 2012 14:57 GMT+02:00

Shaguyik, a 340 kilogramme Kodiak Brown Bear, reportedly made a dash for it when the electric fences were temporarily turned off.

“We had our electric fence turned off for maintenance and during that time something spooked Shaguyik,” said Mike Miller, the executive director of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, in a statement.

The bear, which Miller claims is the first escapee from his center, has not been seen since last Tuesday, despite an intensive search. This was made even more difficult as Shaguyik is uncollared and untagged, despite being micro-chipped.

Shaguyik, a blonde haired brown bear, was intended to be sent with another bear to Orsa Bear Park in Dalarna, central Sweden, in time for summer. She is two-years-old and was rescued as an orphan by the centre in 2010.

Whether she was simply trying to break free from captivity or whether it was the prospect of Dalarna winters that gave her cold feet remains unknown.

For now, Richard Palmgren, spokesperson for Grönlittsgruppen, the company which owns the Orsa Bear Park, is hopeful for a speedy find, and a safe delivery of both bears.

“We have built a shelter for the bears in the park where they will live together as ambassadors for Alaska,” Palmgren told the Expressen newspaper.

“We can only cross our fingers that they find her soon.”

Oliver Gee

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Your comments about this article

15:46 April 10, 2012 by libertarianism
Run Shaguyik! Run!
17:29 April 10, 2012 by kirub
Very intelligent bears.
20:25 April 10, 2012 by bramblebush
Sarah Palin set out bait to lure Shaguyik in so she can shoot her if the keepers don't get to her first.
20:35 April 10, 2012 by Vill
As much as I would like these majestic creatures to live free, an orphaned bear in the wild probably won't live very long and could perhaps die a slow death of starvation if she/he/"hen" did not learn to forage and fish properly. Zoos do serve a useful purpose under certain circumstances.
21:09 April 10, 2012 by Svensksmith
Björn free-e-e-e.
00:48 April 11, 2012 by gpafledthis
grandpa fled sweden for Ruby,Alaska he would choke on his snoose to think you could emigrate an alaskan to downtown malmo !!
10:11 April 11, 2012 by Ambre
even bears dont want to come here, that says a lot ...
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