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Polar bears and cold weather animals endure Polar Vortex at Chicago zoos

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The Polar Vortex and the way it affects people and animals is big news across the nation. The stories of the weather being too cold for polar bears at the zoos in Chicago have been making the rounds on the news feeds and social media on Jan. 8, 2014. Chicago is home to two big zoos, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo.

Brookfield Zoo, just outside of Chicago, released pictures of their two polar bears, Anana and Aussie, as well as Ron the bison, enduring the cold. They also announced the birth of a grey seal cub on New Year's Day and have released pictures, all included in the attached photo show.

Polar bears live in the coldest climates in the world, but even the polar bears found the Polar Vortex, along with the historic artic temperatures and wind chills, too much to be beared. The zoos assured those concerned that the animals have enclosures, so they are able to come in from the cold.

Brookfield Zoo closed on Mon., Jan. 6, due to the frigid weather. This was only the fourth time in Brookfield Zoo's history, dating back to 1934. that it was closed due to severe weather conditions. Staff was on hand to care for the animals.

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Picture of Anana the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of Anana the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Anana the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo

Anana the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area. The Polar Vortex brought record breaking temperatures and wind chills that even the polar bears found hard to bear. 

Picture of Anana the polar bear in the Chicago area zoo
Picture of Anana the polar bear in the Chicago area zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Anana the polar bear in the Chicago area zoo

Anana the polar bear checks out the Polar Vortex and finds the climate too cold....too cold even for a polar bear. The Brookfield Zoo has indoor enclosures so the animals are able to get out of the cold, according to information from the Chicago Zoological Society. 

Picture of Aussie the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area
Picture of Aussie the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Aussie the polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area

Aussie the polar bear takes a tumble in the snow at  Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area. Brookfield Zoo has indoor enclosures so the animals are able to get out of the cold, according to information from the Chicago Zoological Society.

Picture of Ron the bison at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area
Picture of Ron the bison at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Ron the bison at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago area

Ron the bison endures the frigid weather during the Polar Vortex. The Brookfield Zoo has indoor enclosures so the animals are able to get out of the cold, according to information from the Chicago Zoological Society.

Picture of grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo

A grey seal pup was born on New Year's Day, 2014, at Brookfield Zoo, according to the Chicago Zoological Society. The animals are sheltered in indoor enclosures during the cold weather. The Brookfield Zoo is in the Chicago area. 

Picture of Lily and her seal pup at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of Lily and her seal pup at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Lily and her seal pup at Brookfield Zoo

A grey seal pup was born on New Year's Day, 2014, at Brookfield Zoo, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.The pup is pictured wth it's mother, named Lily.  The animals are sheltered in indoor enclosures during the cold weather. The Brookfield Zoo is in the Chicago area.

Picture of grey seal pup and Lily at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of grey seal pup and Lily at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of grey seal pup and Lily at Brookfield Zoo

A grey seal pup was born on New Year's Day, 2014, at Brookfield Zoo, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.The pup is pictured wth it's mother, named Lily.  The animals are sheltered in indoor enclosures during the cold weather. The Brookfield Zoo is in the Chicago area.

Picture of Lily and grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of Lily and grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of Lily and grey seal pup at Brookfield Zoo

A grey seal pup was born on New Year's Day, 2014, at Brookfield Zoo, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.The pup is pictured wth it's mother, named Lily.  The animals are sheltered in indoor enclosures during the cold weather. The Brookfield Zoo is in the Chicago area.

Picture of seal and her newborn pup at Brookfield Zoo
Picture of seal and her newborn pup at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Zoological Society

Picture of seal and her newborn pup at Brookfield Zoo

A grey seal pup was born on New Year's Day, 2014, at Brookfield Zoo, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.The pup is pictured wth it's mother, named Lily.  The animals are sheltered in indoor enclosures during the cold weather. The Brookfield Zoo is in the Chicago area.

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