September 23, 1995
Web posted at: 1:25 a.m. EDT
TORONTO, Canada -- What images do you think of when you think of Canada? The Canadian government wants you to think of a polar bear.
The government unveiled a new $2 coin on Friday, which prominently features a polar bear. Sixty-million new coins will be launched in February of 1996. Canadians have mixed feelings (114K .aiff or .wav sound) about the added coinage. Some question the need for the added weight to the pocket, while others question the choice of the polar bear as a symbol of Canada.
CHINA -- Artificial insemination has become commonplace for humans, but China is proudly showing off the technique as it applies to black bears.
Six bears bred by artificial insemination have been released into the wild in northeastern China. Home for the bears had been cages in zoos until now. A new project will see them living in the wild.
The zookeepers say they will miss their furry friends, but they know life in the wild is in their best interest.
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