9-foot polar bear is back on campus after a summer makeover

MSU staffers approve as the school's huge polar bear is lifted back into place at MSU's Natural Resources Building, Tuesday,  Sept. 1, 2015 after undergoing extensive restoration work by Dennis Harris and Jamie Outman of Artistry of Wildlife taxidermy studio in Sandusky, Mich.  The two washed, cleaned, bleached, reconstructed the mouth, nose, claws and pads and even used matching mountain goat hair to rebuild the bear.  A new base was also made, complete with the Spartan logo. (Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal via AP)
MSU staffers approve as the school’s huge polar bear is lifted back into place at MSU’s Natural Resources Building, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 after undergoing extensive restoration work by Dennis Harris and Jamie Outman of Artistry of Wildlife taxidermy studio in Sandusky, Mich. The two washed, cleaned, bleached, reconstructed the mouth, nose, claws and pads and even used matching mountain goat hair to rebuild the bear. A new base was also made, complete with the Spartan logo. (Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal via AP)

The bear is back.

A 9-foot stuffed polar bear returned to Michigan State University on Tuesday after spending the summer with a taxidermist. It was the first time the bear had been away from the lobby of the Natural Resources Building since 1966.

The Lansing State Journal says the bear has clean white fur, a new jaw and new pads on the hands and feet. Taxidermist Dennis Harris says he found a 1960 Seattle Times newspaper in the bear’s head.

The bear was killed in Alaska in 1957 and given to the MSU Museum. It was eventually moved to the Natural Resources Building.

President Lou Anna Simon says she donated to the bear’s makeover. She says the bear symbolizes a “need to think about our environment more closely.”  (AP)

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