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Popular polar bear Cranbeary back at Denver Zoo

This undated photograph provided by the The Denver Zoo shows Cranbeary the polar bear in the Northern Shores exhibit in the Denver Zoo. Cranbeary, an 8-year-old, 600-pound polar bear born at the Denver Zoo, has returned to Denver as part of a Species Survival Plan recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Cranbeary has been at the Memphis Zoo since January 2006. (AP Photo/The Denver Zoo, Dave Parsons)
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DENVER – A female polar bear born at the Denver Zoo is back home.

The 8-year-old, 600-pound Cranbeary has returned to Denver from the Memphis Zoo, where she was moved in 2006. She is the daughter of Voda, who was euthanized at the Denver Zoo in April after chronic renal disease left her unable to eat.

Cranbeary was returned to Denver as part of a plan to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. She eventually will be paired with Frosty.



Surgeons had to set Cranbeary’s leg when she broke it in a fall at the Memphis Zoo in 2007. She needed more surgery after returning to Denver to improve the range of motion in her back left leg


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