Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nanuq Post Script: Elvis and the Polar Bears

Since Nanuq arrived in the Columbus Zoo a year ago, apparently he’s been putting his time to good use.  There are reports that both of his roommates – polar bear twins Anana and Aurora – are in a family way.  The Columbus Zoo has an unlikely expert on detecting polar bear pregnancies; a beagle named Elvis, who has been trained to detect signs of pregnancy by sniffing polar bear scat.  My best guess is, that Columbus zookeepers present Elvis with scat samples from the polar bears cages.  Because if he sniffs out the scat in the usual canine style, then Elvis is one incredibly brave beagle!  No definitive word on whether we will be hearing the pitter patter of little polar bear paws anytime soon, but the word from the Zoo is, “Elvis definitely knows his S#*t!”

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