White polar bear named Winner (Winner), one of the symbols of the zoo of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, died from the heat and noise of fireworks during the celebration of the Catholic Christmas, says to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, a press release administration zoo.
"It is with deep regret to announce the death of our only polar bear at the zoo, which is loved by all, without exception," — the document says. This news of the hour was one of the most popular in South America in the social network Facebook.
The official cause of death of the animal is called "hyperthermia". Heat these days in Buenos Aires reached 40 degrees. Negative impact on the health of all, including animals, have dramatic, up to 20 degrees, the air temperature drops. The press release noted that the bear had a "nervous temperament, and" his temperature exchange, leading to shortness of breath and subsequent death, influenced roar of explosions of firecrackers at Christmas. "Meanwhile, the administration indicates that the polar bear was the right conditions, according to international standards: an extensive enclosure with a pool of 145 million liters.
Zoo in Buenos Aires — one of the oldest in Latin America, it is more than 120 years. It was created at the initiative of President Domingo Sarmiento, on the outskirts of the city. But since then, Buenos Aires has grown, and the zoo was in the center of the city next to the condominium. In the zoo, in an area of 18 hectares of 2.5 thousand live animals, representing 89 species of mammals, 49 — reptiles, 175 — birds. In the year the zoo has more than 3 million people.