- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Officials at the Great Plains Zoo say a 23-year-old brown bear named Kenai has been euthanized after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

The zoo said in a statement that staff explored treatment options with veterinarians and surgeons elsewhere, but that the cancer had spread quickly in a matter of weeks. Kenai arrived at the zoo in 1994 and lived alongside her brother, Smokey, who died in 2012.

Zoo CEO Elizabeth Whealy says it will be hard to see the new brown bear exhibit open next year without Kenai.

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