There’s a death in the family for one of the NC Zoo’s most beloved animals

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charlotteobserver—Aurora, the 28-year-old polar bear at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY, was euthanized because of severe liver disease on Monday. Aurora gave birth in 1999 to Anana, who now lives at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

Venezuela’s zoo animals are starving, and a one-time actor wants to airlift them out. Raul Julia-Levy, the son of the late actor Raul Julia, is an animal rights activist shrouded in controversy who is lobbying the Venezuelan government to evacuate emaciated and starving zoo animals. He wants to airlift them to parks and reserves in other countries including the United States.