Female polar bear killed by male during breeding attempt at Detroit Zoo

A female polar bear living at the Detroit Zoo was killed by her partner in a breeding attempt that went horribly wrong on Monday.

The bear, Anana, was placed in the zoo in January 2020 and had been introduced to the male bear, Nuka, in March, the zoo said in a statement.

The bears had been living together “without incident” for part of last year before being separated for several months, the zoo said.

They were reunited last week as part of a “polar bear species survival plan” — and tragedy struck when 16-year-old Nuka killed Anana, 20, while he was trying to breed with her.

Detroit Zoo handout image.Anana - polar bear from the Detroit zoo.Detroit Zoo handout image.Anana - polar bear from the Detroit zoo.Detroit Zoo handout image.Anana - polar bear from the Detroit zoo.

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