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    Girl Loses Leg in Polar Bear Attack

Tuesday June 27 2:06 PM ET

ALMATY, Kazakstan (AP) - A polar bear bit off an 11-year-old girl's leg Tuesday as she fed it dried apricots at a zoo in southern Kazakstan, a news report said.

The bear, possibly agitated by temperatures that reached 104 degrees, attacked the girl when her leg got stuck between the bars of its cage, Khabar state television said.

The girl was not identified in the report. She was hospitalized and underwent surgery, but her life was apparently not in danger, the report said. It said she talked to doctors afterward.

The girl said she had often fed the polar bears at the zoo, located in the southern Kazak city of Chimkent, and had never felt threatened by them.

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