Zoo Tries to Lure Stranded Polar Bear Out of Moat

Zero has been stuck in Milwaukee park's moat for 2 weeks

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 27, 2008 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Staff members at the Milwaukee County Zoo are taking new action to rescue a polar bear named Zero who has been stuck in the moat that surrounds his habitat for 2 weeks, the Journal Sentinel reports. Using a crane, handlers lowered a big plastic crate filled with Zero’s favorite treats—apples with peanut butter and herring—to the bottom of the moat.

“The hope is he'll go in there after the treats and the crate will close behind him when his whole body is in the crate,” said a zoo spokeswoman. “Then we will wait until the zoo closes and the crane operator will come back, and Zero and the crate will be hoisted up into his yard.” The bear has so far proved impervious to other treats.

Zookeepers in Milwaukee hope treats will lure Zero (not pictured) into a crate so he can be lifted out of the moat.
Zookeepers in Milwaukee hope treats will lure Zero (not pictured) into a crate so he can be lifted out of the moat.   (AP Photo)
A polar bear reacts after being presented an ice block planted with apples at a zoo in Japan.
A polar bear reacts after being presented an ice block planted with apples at a zoo in Japan.   (AP Photo)
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) fell into a moat surrounding his enclosure at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Oct. 13, and staff have not been able to entreat him to come out.
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) fell into a moat surrounding his enclosure at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Oct. 13, and staff have not been able to entreat him to come out.   (AP Photo)
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