Brown bear barges into Alaska Zoo, kills alpaca named Caesar

A brash adult brown bear barged into the Alaska Zoo under cover of night on Saturday, breaking through exterior fencing and then slaying a fluffy alpaca named Caesar, according to the zoo.

Caesar, who died at 16, was survived by his companion Fuzzy Charlie Kozak, who escaped the attack and was in good condition, the Alaska Zoo said.

Wildlife officials killed the grizzly bear, according to the half-century-old zoo in Anchorage.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of both a wild bear and Caesar the alpaca,” Patrick Lampi, the director of the zoo, said in a statement. “We care deeply about all animals and feel saddened by the deaths on both sides of the situation.”

Lampi added in the statement that the carnivorous invader represented a reminder that “Anchorage is indeed bear country.” The zoo said the bear had made multiple nocturnal visits to the area before the break-in. The animal weighed almost 600 pounds, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The Alaska Zoo, located about 10 miles southeast of downtown Anchorage, sits in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains.

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