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Zoo's tears as circus bear dies.


SCOTLAND'S oldest brown bear has died five years after she was rescued from a circus.

Peggy, a European brown bear, was put to sleep after developing spinal problems that affected her mobility and caused her pain.

She and two other bears were rescued from a travelling circus in 2012 thanks to a fundraising campaign by the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian.

Keepers believe Peggy was aged between 30 and 32 years old when she died.

The zoo, who have also rehomed four former circus lions, said Peggy's spinal problems were irreversible.

They added: "This was only going to progress and result in more severe pain. The heartbreaking decision had to be made by the specialists and staff to let Peggy go, rather than allow her to suffer.

"We can only imagine the suffering she went through during her 20+ years of life in the travelling circus.

"Despite Peggy's years of suffering before being rescued, she turned out to be such a happy, forgiving character. Peggy, you will be truly missed by us all."



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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 28, 2017
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