Polar Bears: Chinook and Her Beauty Mark

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Chinook and her "beauty mark."

Chinook and her “beauty mark.”

Our girl Chinook had an exam today. The good news is she is a very healthy lady! But we did take the opportunity to do a little cosmetic work. Our Veterinary Services Team removed her “beauty mark.” The concern was that it had grown a bit and had started to work into the lower eyelid; not a problem now, but in the future it would be more difficult to remove. She will be back joining Kalluk and Tatqiq Friday morning.

For now, you will be able to tell Chinook from Tatqiq because of the patch just below her left eye, but soon it will fill in with fur!

JoAnne Simerson is a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo. Read her previous post, Polar Bears: Well, Chinook?