Updated: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:26:05 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Anana, Chicago zoo's polar bear, forced indoors by record cold



FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo is Anana, the Chicago zoo's resident female polar bear. The zoo says Anana was kept inside Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 because of the record-low temperatures. Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar says that while the below-zero weather might be comparable to what polar bears experience in the wild, Anana doesn't have a thick layer of fat because she gets a different diet. She'll be allowed to venture outside Tuesday, if she chooses to. Greg Neise, Lincoln Park Zoo/Associated Press

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo is Anana, the Chicago zoo's resident female polar bear. The zoo says Anana was kept inside Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 because of the record-low temperatures. Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar says that while the below-zero weather might be comparable to what polar bears experience in the wild, Anana doesn't have a thick layer of fat because she gets a different diet. She'll be allowed to venture outside Tuesday, if she chooses to. Greg Neise, Lincoln Park Zoo/Associated Press

It's even too cold for Chicago's resident polar bear.

The city's Lincoln Park Zoo says its polar bear, Anana, was kept inside Monday because of the record-low temperatures.

Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar says that while the below-zero weather might be comparable to what polar bears experience in the wild, Anana doesn't have a thick layer of fat that bears typically get from eating things such as seals and whale carcasses.

That extra insulation would make it uncomfortable to live in Chicago during the rest of the year, so Anana gets a different diet.

While she stayed inside, Anana lounged in her comparatively balmy indoor climate that's kept at 4 to 10 C.

Anana usually has access to both an indoor and outdoor area. She'll be allowed to venture outside Tuesday.

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