No news so far about Zero, just that he arrived already on 21 January at Seneca Park in Rochester. While waiting for first reports on how he is adjusting to his new environment and Aurora, the widow, here some reflections of Zero while contemplating in the moat after his fall in 2008, made available by Jim Stingl who was so kind to send me Zero's verse....
"And now a word from Zero, who in addition to being a polar bear in
Milwaukee is evidently a bad poet:
Hey everybody, what's happening, yo 'sup, I've fallen and in this case I
can get back up.
I just don't want to, if you really must know, maybe I'll stay here
until the first snow.
You've probably read that I'm down in the moat, send ACORN* over so I'm
able to vote.
It happened this week as I played with my toys, I'm suing the zoo and
all it employs.
Surviving the fall should go on a plaque, I'm bigger than Ringo and I
still write back.
It wasn't quite graceful, I hit with a splat, do you think this white
fur makes me look fat?
Life in a moat is sometimes a hassle, especially when it doesn't even
come with a castle.
You're really not supposed to fall in a gorge, unless of course you're
For me this canyon is rather cathartic, but still I'd rather be up in
Walking on sea ice before it's all melted, instead with peanuts I'm
I'd sooner be living in this tiny box, than out there with you and your
If I could escape I'd eat you, you know, up here on Blue Mound, that's
how we roll.
This moat is my home now come shine or come rain, unless y'all offer a
ride on the train.That's my demand, you bet I'm emphatic, either that or a toy from the
I wound up down here in the blink of an eye, oh, and your cousins, the
bonobos, said to say "Hi."
I'm staying positive and saying my prayers, please God I'm not linked
with that terrorist Ayers.
Sure, I'm stuck on this parcel of land, but free from the stunts of the
I like where I am, don't make such a fuss, and it's safer than driving
an MCTS bus.
It's nifty down here with the nets and the sewers, it helps me get over
the choke by the Brewers.
By the way, I didn't fall, I was actually pushed, but here at the zoo
they're keeping it shushed.
OK, I'm lying, yet you have to admit, people now come here
Folks dig animals caught up in trouble, it's surprising they don't raise
the prices to double.
People show up like it's middle of summer, I keep scanning the crowd for
Joe the Plumber.
For once it's not about darling Mahal, the orangutan everyone likes cuz
Or Samson, who even these years after croaking is still tops in your
hearts and totally smoking.
If it weren't for my fall, you wouldn't care one iota, and don't even
get me started on Lota.
At long frickin' last, it's all eyes on Zero, you're talking to me,
aren't you, De Niro? "
Source: What's worse: Bear's accident or his verse?
JIM STINGL, Publication Date: October 17, 2008
-Zero's fall, and in consequence his verse, happened in October 2008, in the heat of the up-coming US elections. In the comments I will copy an article Jim sent to me which explains the role of ARCON, just for all who are not familiar with it...
-Mold-A-Matic (better known as Mold-A-Rama) has machines at various locations at Milwaukee Zoo. You put in a little money and, while you watch, the machine molds a bear or elephant or other animal out of plastic, and it's yours to keep. Kids love it. More about them and how they work here and here...This is a molded polar bear from a machine in St.Louis Zoo. I didn't find one from Milwaukee Zoo.
Photo credits/& related: Milwaukee Zoo, WISN (see also slideshow), Mold-A-Rama Ville