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Not-so-long winter’s nap
Zookeepers at a Ukrainian zoo took to Facebook in December to complain about their grumpy bears. Blaming temperatures several degrees above average, zoo officials said 29 of the 32 bears housed at Synevyr National Nature Park had yet to fall into hibernation, leaving them in a state of insomnia. The typical average December temperature at Synevyr is about 28 degrees. But this December, the average temperature was 39 degrees. Zoo officials said the unseasonably warm December temperatures felt more like April—the month when the zoo’s bears typically wake up—than winter.