A local prankster was booked by Peoria’s finest Thursday afternoon after opening the door to the Peoria Zoo’s female polar bear Suzie’s cage and then luring her out with a bucket of fish. Suzie was less lucky — she was shot more than fifteen times as she ran free through the Children’s Garden and died.
‘The bear was cornered in the east side of the zoo and unfortunately had to be euthanized on the spot,’ the Peoria Police Department told The Gorko.
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