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Another Person is Mauled By a Polar Bear at Anchorage Zoo

September 12, 1994

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Binky the Polar Bear apparently struck again, mauling a teen-ager who trespassed inside the Anchorage Zoo with friends after drinking alcohol.

Joshua J. Huyett, 19, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition with leg injuries after he got too close to the polar bear’s cage and was mauled early Sunday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.

″He was bleeding pretty bad,″ said a night watchman, Rodney Van Sciver. ″And he was missing his pants and his shoes.″

Huyett and one of his friends were charged with trespassing and underage drinking of alcohol.

Zoo director Sammye Seawell said she couldn’t confirm Binky was the attacker. But the watchman said Binky was the only one of the two caged polar bears with blood on its face.

It would be the second mauling this year for Binky. The male bear grabbed through the bars of its cage in July and mauled an Australian tourist who climbed over a fence and safety railing for a closer look.

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