Monday, September 08, 2008
Polar Bears Refute Algae Allegations
Zoo official Masami Kurobe said that the sight of green polar bears has sparked concern amongst visitors about whether the animals are sick or carrying mold.
Mr Kurobe said high temperatures in July and August and less-frequent water changes because of the zoo's conservation efforts have caused an algae growth in the bear pond and safety moat.
He added that the algae enters hollow spaces in the bears' fur and is hard to rinse off.
The bears are expected to return to their natural colour when the algae growth subsides in November.
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