Hybrid bear shot dead in Canada

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“A white bear with brown patches shot dead in northern Canada is the first grizzly-polar hybrid found in the wild, DNA tests have confirmed.”

Until now, grizzly-polar hybrids, dubbed “grolar bears” or “pizzlies”, have been found only in zoos [why have zoos bred them?].

“In the limited area where the two species’ ranges overlap, it is not entirely surprising that we might find a polar-grizzly hybrid,” said David Field, Zoological Director of the Zoological Society of London. “However, there are behavioural differences between the species, including timing of mating seasons, that make such hybrids highly unusual and it is unlikely that any resultant offspring would be viable.”

*Sigh* Really interesting find, but it’s been shot dead 😦