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Polar Bear Who Wandered Too Far South Finds New Home in Moscow

A polar bear that walked 1,950 miles south into the northeastern Siberian mainland is now thriving at the Moscow Zoo.

Rescuers found Tompa near a human settlement in the republic of Sakha, where she was thin and weakened by the long journey.

Because she was unable to return to the wild, the Defense Ministry and the Russian Geographical Society transported her to Moscow, where zoo specialists are familiar with polar bear health.