Zoo Rescues Bear Trapped in Moat

'Things were hanging on for a little bit too long' for Milwaukee Zoo star Zero

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2008 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Fed-up zookeepers took drastic action today to rescue Zero the polar bear from the moat he’s been trapped in since Oct. 13, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Milwaukee County Zoo officials used tranquilizer darts to subdue the 1,100-pound beast, then had a crane lift him to safety. “Things were hanging on for a little bit too long,” a spokesman explained.

Zero has thwarted every attempt at rescue since tumbling, unhurt, into the dry moat, ignoring herring-baited crates sent down to haul him to the surface. But once he was anesthetized, zoo staff were able to enter the area and use cargo nets to haul him into the crate. Zero is expected to wake up later today, and will be back in public view as soon as possible.

Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.   (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.   (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Zero the polar bear (not pictured) has been rescued from he moat he was trapped in at the Milwaukee County Zoo.   (Getty Images)
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Zero accidentally tumbled into the dry moat surrounding the polar bear exhibit at the Milwaukee Zoo on Oct. 13. He fell onto wire netting that was suspended around the moat.   (MilwaukeeCountyZoo)
Zero, a polar bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo, plays with one of his enrichment toys in his enclosure prior to his time in the moat.   (MilwaukeeCountyZoo)

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