Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  Depressed polar bear cheers up with jacuzzi
Updated 03 July 2002, 16.14
Gus frolics in his jacuzzi
Zoo keepers in New York have discovered a clever way to cheer up Gus, a depressed polar bear living in Central Park Zoo.

They have given him a specially-made bubbly jacuzzi!

Gus plays with the bubbly water
Gus plays with the bubbly water

The 17-year-old bear has always had loads of admirers and attention from visitors.

But he's also had a reputation for being a complete misery guts.

His keepers tried everything to make him happy, but nothing worked. What worried them most was his frantic swimming back and forth in his pool.

  Click here to test your polar bear knowledge!

As a last resort, his carers tried out a gadget called the Endless Pool which churns up his pool water like a jacuzzi.

And he loves it! The gadget makes swimming like a game for Gus. He's much more playful - something he never was before.

He even impresses children with tricks now, like swimming with a bucket on his head!

It's a happy ending for Gus, whose life is a bit more "bearable" now!

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear story!Hear story!
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
Find OutMore on endangered animals
QuizPolar bears quiz
QuizQuiz yourself on animals!

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Polar bears could die out
Polar bear tricked into adopting cub

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full Animals Section
Also in Animals now:
Hope for new home for Swiss bears
Europe's birdlife 'under threat'
Proud pooch moves to White House
There are more than 50,000 different types of spider in the world 'I'm being treated for my spider phobia'
Guide to endangered animals The lowdown on endangered animals
Lily's story My life as a stray dog on the streets
Figure out our bird quiz Ruffle your feathers with our quiz!
Is animal testing right? Vote: Do you agree with animal testing?
Animals Get wild and chat about animals!
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club