Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

    Photo credit to Alaska Zoo.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials said a wild brown bear broke into the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage and killed Caesar, a popular male alpaca.

    Zoo executive director Patrick Lampi said the bear had been hanging around the zoo, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof locks.

    On Sunday, it tunneled under perimeter fencing and got into the alpaca pen while the zoo was closed to the public.

    Caesar's companion, an alpaca named Fuzzy Charlie, was able to escape unharmed.

    Caesar was 16 years old.

    Alaska Fish and Game officials searched the zoo but couldn't find the bear.

    They saw it the next night trying to get back into the zoo and killed it.

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