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Photos: Ahpun through the years

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 3, 2018
  • Published January 2, 2018

Ahpun, the beloved female polar bear who lived for two decades at the Alaska Zoo, died unexpectedly on New Year's Eve, zoo officials said Tuesday.

Zoo staff found the bear's body during a routine check Sunday morning, said Patrick Lampi, the executive director. She was about 20 years old.

"She's been a favorite here for generations of people," Lampi said Tuesday. "It's heartbreaking."

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