We have lost a legendary bear. Zero, who had just turned 26 years old in December, was suffering from lymphoma, and was released from his pain on January 10. His health and energy had been declining for several weeks.
|Zero spent a lot of time in the pool, in front of the viewing window|
|Zero loved to sit under the waterfalls|
|Under the waterfall again|
|Zero loved his pool|
|Zero swimming and swimming|
|Zero was always doing something amusing|
|In front of the viewing window|
|Zero had many fans. He was also fun to watch|
Aurora, on the other had, is happy to spend her time inside unless the keepers put out some food so it is a rare opportunity to see her. Zero was the big attraction at the Rocky Coast.
|Zero had lots of toys, but the big blue barrel was a favorite|
|Roll out the barrel|
|A balancing act|
|Playing to the crowd|
|Snow Lilly walks along above the moat|
at the Milwaukee County Zoo that Zero refused to leave.
|Zero shaking off the water|
Zero, who was named Zero because of the outside temperature on the day he was born, moved to the Seneca Park Zoo in January of 2010, after four years of living with Snow Lilly in Milwaukee and producing no cubs. Snow Lilly had kind of given Zero the cold shoulder, and there was really no romance there. It was hoped that Aurora in the Seneca Park Zoo would find Zero more attractive, and produce cubs, but that did not happen. In 2012, Zero and Aurora were part of a groundbreaking Artificial Insemination experiment, but that did not produce cubs either.
|Zero floating by the viewing window|
|Farewell to a well loved bear. We will miss you, Zero.|