Elvis sniffs out pregnant polar bears

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Polar bears at Cincinnati Zoo and inset Elvis

A BEAGLE called Elvis is being used in American zoos to detect whether polar bears are pregnant.

Two-year-old Elvis is currently sniffing around the polar bear enclosure at 14 zoos around the country.

His handler carefully logs his reactions to see if there is going to be a pregnancy.

Confirming pregnancies of the bears has been difficult, and zoo officials say knowing can help make sure they and the mama bears are ready for birthing and raising cubs.

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