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Can a beagle's nose tell when a polar bear is pregnant? Ohio zoo's conservationists think so
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, November 4, 2013 9:23 AM EST
Zoos around the country will find out whether the nose of a beagle named Elvis can let them know when their polar bears are pregnant.
Confirming pregnancies of the threatened species has been difficult, and zoo officials say knowing can help them make sure they and the mama bears are ready for birthing and raising cubs.
Elvis has been checking out fecal samples of bears from 14 zoos.
Soon, the zoos will be informed whether Elvis predicts they'll be hearing the pitter-patter of little paws.