No, A Chicago Zoo Polar Bear Is Not Stuck Indoors Due To Cold Weather




” The so-called polar vortex was the news of the day for much of the United States on Tuesday, as Americans from New York to New Orleans dealt with ultra-low temperatures and other extreme weather conditions.

   As humans bundled up and cranked the heat, many of them took the time to read and share news stories reporting that the weather was so bad that even polar bears can’t handle it. But it turns out that the story is not quite what it seems.

  The popular stories, some of which featured dramatic headlines like “It’s Officially Too Cold For Lincoln Park Zoo’s Polar Bear,” mostly follow a similar rubric to a Monday report by DNAInfo Chicago. The attention-grabbing assertion behind the reports is that Anana, the sole polar bear at the Windy City’s Lincoln Park Zoo, has been relegated to a “climate-controlled” indoor enclosure due to the subzero temperatures brought on by the Arctic winds sweeping across the U.S. over the past couple of days.

” She doesn’t typically enjoy the very cold much,” Lincoln Park Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar told DNAInfo. “Few of us are accustomed to this cold.” 

” The zoo’s polar bear, Anana, has been provided access to her outdoor exhibit today. She has a choice about whether or not she wants to be inside in a more temperature controlled climate (approximately 40-50 degrees), or outside. Today she has actually been enjoying some time outdoors,” Dewar said Tuesday.” 



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