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In Canada, officials search for Harry, the taxidermy polar bear


The thermometer may read 22 degrees below zero, but apparently, it's never too cold for crime...


NADWORNY: ...In this case, the caper of the purloined polar bear. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern Alberta are asking the public to keep an eye out for a taxidermy polar bear. He's white, black nose, has an open mouth, lots of teeth, claws, might be a little dusty. He was last seen at the Lily Lake Resort, standing 12 feet tall and weighing about 500 pounds - answers to the name of Harry.

He went missing last month during a cold snap when the resort closed down and sent its security patrols home because who's going to go out in -22 degrees? Thieves - bundled up thieves, that's who. They broke in, cut the cables securing Harry, dragged him across the second-floor balcony, then down the stairs and, finally, through the double front doors. Left behind - a cougar, some deer, a bison, a musk ox. Not left behind - a pair of raccoons. They were filched back in August. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Elissa Nadworny reports on all things college for NPR, following big stories like unprecedented enrollment declines, college affordability, the student debt crisis and workforce training. During the 2020-2021 academic year, she traveled to dozens of campuses to document what it was like to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. Her work has won several awards including a 2020 Gracie Award for a story about student parents in college, a 2018 James Beard Award for a story about the Chinese-American population in the Mississippi Delta and a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation.