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article imageCaught on video: Polar bear breaks glass enclosure with rock

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 11, 2012 in Odd News
Rotterdam - Visitors at the Rotterdam Zoo in The Netherlands were given a surprise as they gazed upon a "toddler" polar bear when the bear picked up a rock and threw it at the glass enclosure. The whole incident was caught on video.
The incident is reported to have happened last Wed., reported the Huffington Post. Visitors had been filming "Vicks", a one-and-a-half year old polar bear.
The video of the bear shows him swimming around the tank when there is a sudden crash and the two men watching him jumped back, pointing to the (almost) shattered glass.
Luckily, the tank sustained the damage and the glass didn't actually break apart. There were no injuries, and Vicks is reportedly living in another pen until the damage on his tank is repaired. It is not believed the polar bear was trying to break out, but was simply being playful, although the Telegraph questions whether or not Vicks was "truly angry or just overly playful?", noting it wouldn't be the first time a captive animal showed its "wild side".
Sky News reported zoo staff said Vicks is "well known" for playing with rocks.
Vicks was born at the Rotterdam Zoo in Dec. 2010 and had his first birthday on Dec. 6, 2011. The zoo reports he is almost as large as his mother, Olinka.
The whole incident was captured on video and posted on YouTube on June 7. The one-minute clip has close to 160,000 views at time of publish.
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