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Crime History: Child who sneaked into zoo mauled by polar bears

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On this day, May 19, in 1987, an 11-year-old boy was killed by two polar bears after he and his friends sneaked into their enclosure at a Brooklyn zoo. Police found the bears, standing 8 feet tall and weighing 900 and 1,400 pounds, tugging at the body of the dead boy, Juan Perez. It took 20 shotgun blasts and six bullets from a .38-caliber revolver to kill the bears. The bears were awakened...

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