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Legendary show bear at New Hampshire theme park dies

Pemi will be remembered for his mannerisms, Clark’s wrote, such as grabbing his feet when he was happy.

Pemigewasset Avery Clark, or Pemi, riding a scooter in 2012. John Tlumacki/Globe staff


Clark’s Bears theme park in New Hampshire announced the death of their legendary 19-year-old show bear on Tuesday. The park, formerly known as Clark’s Trading Post, posted on Facebook that the bear, Pemigewasset Avery Clark, or Pemi, had died on June 28.

“In his 19 seasons as a show bear, Pemi entertained millions of people,” the statement read. “He was never happier than when he had an audience — large or small.”

Pemi was one of five bears which were set to perform at the park from May to October, according to the Clark’s Bears website. He is survived by his companion, Echo, as well as three other bears who reside at the park. The statement described Pemi as 6 feet, 7 inches tall, over 500 pounds, and their “big, strong, beautiful boy.” He was known as a “natural-born clown” who loved to be the center of attention and make people laugh, according to the Facebook post.

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