4/25/2018 2:48:54 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore’s last polar bear, Inuka, was put to sleep on April 25 after a health check-up showed the 27-year-old ailing bear was not getting better.
Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was put down on humane grounds, said Singapore Zoo. A memorial service will be held on April 26, but the bear will not be buried. Inuka’s body will undergo a full autopsy to “add to the knowledge of science”, said the zoo in keeping with its usual practice, and part of his body may be kept for “future education purposes”.
Inuka had been suffering from arthritis, dental problems and ear infections for five years and recently his hind legs began to grow stiff. He could not properly support his body weight of more than 500 kg. As a result, there were ulcerations on his paw pads, which in turn led to deeper infection between his toes. He also had a wound on his lower abdomen, likely caused by urine burns from incontinence and recurring urinary tract infections.
Born on December 26, 1990, in the Singapore Zoo, Inuka was fourth polar bear to live there -- and also the last. Inuka’s parents, Nanook and Sheba, were the first two polar bears brought to the zoo, in 1978. They were followed by a third bear, Anana.