Zookeepers Discover Polar Bears Aren't A Match

Japanese zookeepers brought a male polar bear to spend time with a female polar bear. They often played together. But they didn't get along in the way that the zoo was hoping. Only later did the breeders notice a problem. Polar bears of both sexes have relatively long hair. Which is why it took the zoo several months to realize that the male polar bear is actually a female.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Japanese zookeepers finally figured out why two polar bears were not mating. They brought a male polar bear to spend time with the female. They often played together, but they didn't get along in the way that the zoo was hoping. Only later the breeders noticed a problem. Polar bears of both sexes have relatively long hair, which is why it took the zoo several months to realize that the male polar bear was actually a female. It's Morning Edition.

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