Mexico investigates castration of 'selfie bear'
The animal made international headlines when a woman snapped a photo of it standing with its face just behind her head in an ecological park in northern Mexico.
The 96-kilogram (211 pounds) bear then ambled off, leaving her unharmed. It also approached another woman in a nearby area without hurting her.
The bear was captured last week while sleeping outside a house and transferred to a veterinary faculty at a university in the northern state of Nuevo Leon for a routine check-up.
Once there, a wildlife laboratory at the faculty decided that it was necessary to castrate the bear due to its "erratic behaviour," wildlife protection authority Profepa said Sunday in a statement.
It said the bear was feeding in an urban area.
The castration was authorized by a senior Profepa official who deemed it necessary to reduce the risk of the animal fighting with other bears and to avoid the reproduction of two subspecies.