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Polar bear Mercedes put to sleep

roxpix 14 2.2k 11 Scotland
15 Apr 2011 1:51PM
Mercedes the polar bear has been "put to sleep" after a "recent rapid deterioration in her welfare", the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
15 Apr 2011 1:59PM
awww...... Sad RIP.
roxpix 14 2.2k 11 Scotland
15 Apr 2011 2:04PM
Yeah itís a shame, saw her for the last time two weeks ago & was really showing her age (30)
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
15 Apr 2011 2:07PM

Quote:was really showing her age

grey hair? Smile
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Apr 2011 2:12PM
No, she'd started moaning about everything and how it was better in the good old days! Wink
roxpix 14 2.2k 11 Scotland
15 Apr 2011 2:29PM

Quote:grey hair?

Less tap more waltz Wink

She just looked a lot more lethargic, the 2 yr old doesnít help when comparing them because he was running about playing with traffic cones, throwing them into the pond and leaping in after them etc like heís on a night out, so just made the old yin look slower than usual
thewilliam 9 6.1k
17 Apr 2011 12:16AM
Polar bears are particularly intelligent creatures and imprisonment in a zoo doesn't seem to give them enough stimulation. There was one at Bristol zoo that basically went mad and had to be put down.
DaveCole 11 152 Wales
17 Apr 2011 12:27AM
Sad to hear...
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 9:01PM
I knowSad
elowes 14 2.8k United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 9:26PM
Sad ain't it.

By the time anyone gave proper consideration to the Bristol bear the poor thing was beyond help and a very sorry sight to display to adults and children alike. I hope this Mercedes didn't suffer in the same way and that the zoo didn't inflict her misery on too many children before doing something about it.

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