Anders Blomqvist, chief executive of Grönklittsgruppen said he saw no reason to change procedures at Orsa Zoo.
Anders Blomqvist, chief executive of Grönklittsgruppen said he saw no reason to change procedures at Orsa Zoo. Credit: Ulf Palm/TT

Two bears, not one, involved in deadly zoo attack

Zoo CEO: The bear is stressed because she misses her sister, but otherwise normal.
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Not one, but two bears had dug their way into an enclosure at Orsa Zoo in Dalarna, when a 19-year-old zookeeper was mauled to death at the start of August, according the zoo company’s chief executive.

Anders Blomqvist, chief executive of Grönklittsgruppen which owns Orsa Zoo, said that he believed only one of the two 18-month-old brown bear sisters was involved in the actual attack.

“Our opinion is that it wasn’t at all,” he said. “The other bear fled away and was taken to another part of the park.”

The bear involved in the attack was shot by zoo staff in an effort to rescue the man being mauled. But Blomqvist said he saw no reason to put the other bear down. 

“The other one is still at the park,” he said. “She’s a little bit stressed because she misses her sister, but apart from that she’s just a normal bear.”

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