Dog can detect pregnancy in polar bears

Dog can detect pregnancy in polar bears

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

A polar bear shakes the water off at the zoo in Hanover,�northern Germany, on�February 8, 2012.Temperatures plunged to new lows in Europe where last two week-long cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives and forecasters warned that the big freeze would tighten its grip at the next time. AFP PHOTO / JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- If a dog that sniffs out pregnant polar bears is correct, the Kansas City Zoo isn’t getting a new addition to its exhibit.

The Kansas City Star reports that a beagle in Shawnee, Kan., can tell whether a bear is pregnant by sniffing her waste. But the dog, named Elvis, didn’t detect a pregnancy for Kansas City’s female bear, Berlin.

The Kansas City Zoo was among more than a dozen to submit a stool sample as part of a study being conducted by the Cincinnati zoo. The Cincinnati zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife says Elvis has demonstrated 97 percent accuracy in detecting polar bear pregnancies.

But the Kansas City Zoo plans to keep caring for Berlin as though she may be pregnant, just in case.

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