Polar bear stillborn at Erie Zoo; cause unknown

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - December 16, 2009

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Zoo president Scott Mitchell says preliminary tests show the bear may have died in the birthing process Monday, but it's clear the animal never took a breath.

Lab results from a necropsy - and animal autopsy - are still pending.

The stillborn cub was delivered by Patches, a 22-year-old who moved to the Erie Zoo in 2007 from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. The same bear gave birth to a cub in Omaha that also didn't survive.

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