Thursday, September 11, 2008

Green Polar Bears In Japanese Zoo

Visitors to a Japanese zoo are shocked to see the polar bears there because they are green.  They thought that the resident polar bears were ill but zoo officials were able to put the visitors' worries to rest.

The reason for the green color is that there is an above normal amount of algae growth in the polar bears' water area in their exhibit.  After the polar bears take dips in the pool, the algae sticks to their fur giving them the green color.

Zoo officials claim that once the algae growth lowers later in the fall, the polar bears will gradually turn back to their normal white color.

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