Zoo puts in security measures after polar bear death

Augo the polar bear put down after fall at Aalborg Zoo

Aalborg Zoo had to put down the young polar bear Augo after she fell about five metres down into a safety pit surrounding its enclosure on Saturday.

The two-year-old female bear broke both of her front legs in the tragic fall, leading zoo officials with no choice but to put the bear down.

“You can’t repair a polar bear so that it can have a good life afterwards,” Jens Sigsgaard, a zoologist and curator at Aalborg Zoo, told TV2 News.

Until the tragedy on Saturday, the zoo believed that Augo was a male, but after Augo was put down, a veterinarian found that it was actually female.

Aalborg Zoo decided on Monday to fill up the deep pit with dirt and instal a security fence.