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
Zookeepers in Milwaukee hope treats will lure Zero (not pictured) into a crate so he can be lifted out of the moat.   (AP Photo)
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(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.