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Elegy For A Polar Bear

Central Park’s famous polar bear, Gus, died a few weeks ago at the advanced age of 27. If you went to the Park regularly during those 27 years, there’s a fair chance he was an honorary member of your family. And like those family members you care for deeply, Gus had some deep issues. To put it plainly, he was depressed. Gus may have been the first zoo animal to be treated with the anti-depressant Prozac. All the more reason that this amateur-ish tribute is pitch perfect.

Even better, this amateur-ish tribute comes from the perfectionists over at the New Yorker: