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Zoo won't get Arturo, but will get to visit

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The Assiniboine Park Zoo's offer to advise how to better house the polar bear Arturo languishing in Latin America was welcomed by his keepers in Argentina Friday.

"The Mendoza Zoo has been receptive of our offer to send someone down there for a site visit and it is part of the ongoing conversations, but nothing has been confirmed yet," Assiniboine Park Conservancy spokeswoman Laura Cabak said.

The arctic animal, stuck in a dismal enclosure in a steamy climate for the last 20 years, has attracted the concern of people around the world.

Winnipeg zoo representatives met with officials from the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina via Skype Friday to review the status of the polar bear Arturo.

They talked about Arturo but didn't learn any new information about the polar bear's health, the conservancy said.

Earlier this week, it learned it would not be able to bring Arturo to Winnipeg's International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

The Mendoza Zoo didn't have three years of medical records for Arturo are required to obtain a Canadian import permit, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy said. On Friday, in their face-to-face meeting on Skype, Argentine and Winnipeg zoo officials expressed their willingness to provide support and expertise to the Mendoza Zoo. They repeated an offer to send a member of their veterinarian team to Mendoza in the near future to help evaluate Arturo's environment and recommend improvements.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 8, 2014 B3

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