The Racine Zoo family announced that Hallie, their Andean bear, has died from inoperable cancer.

Hallie’s cancer was discovered May 19 during a routine dental exam, and she was diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma, a type of oral cancer. The bear’s cancer is inoperable because surgery would require removing her entire lower jaw, and reconstruction would be impossible.

The news hit zoo keepers hard.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.