After roughly two decades at the Alaska Zoo, Ahpun the polar bear suddenly died last weekend, according to zoo officials.
Pat Lampi, the zoo’s director, said he was devastated after zoo staff discovered Ahpun's body Sunday morning. Lampi said Ahpun was roaming around her enclosure at the zoo when he left Friday.
Staff at the zoo had moved Ahpun to the zoo’s maternity unit, in the latest of several occasions on which they thought she might be pregnant. She was not, in fact, pregnant, Lampi said.