After Sudan, the world’s last male white rhino died, now it is the first polar bear which is born in tropical area turn to die. Inuka must be injected to death due to his deteriorating health condition. The Singapore Zoo pronounces a sad farewell to the Inuka polar bear. What is the life story of this Singaporean polar bear?
The First Polar Bear Born in the Tropics
Inuka is the only polar bear born in the tropics, namely Singapore. Therefore he was nicknamed the “tropical polar bears”. The male polar bear was born on 26 December 1990 and became the fourth polar bear that lives on KBS. They are placed in a Frozen Tundra enclosure whose air temperature is set to equal the Arctic, Arctic, temperatures in which they are supposed to be.
Inuka is the result of a marriage Nanook, a male polar bear brought from Germany and Sheeba female polar bear from Canada. Both have been living on KBS since 1978. Inuka’s name, meaning silent stalker or imitator in silence, is the name of the winner of the contest held KBS sometime after he was born. After Nanook and Sheba, KBS also had time to adopt another polar bear named Anana in 1979 which later died in 1999. Nanook died five years after the birth of Inuka and Sheba died in 2012 at the age of 35 years.
Has Many Diseases, Inuka was Injected Died
Since the past five years, Inuka began to suffer from a series of diseases due to aging. Among them are joint problems (arthritis), dental health disorders, and ear infections that appear within a certain period. The pain is clearly visible from the change in the behavior of the bears that became the icon of Singapore at the age of three years. Son of the polar bear couple Nanook and Sheba is no longer agile play. He also looked limp, not spirited even though the guard gave toys and salmon, his favorite food.
Her joint disease also makes Inuka later has a stiff-looking gait. Due to the condition of his leg is weakened, this bears must be dragged body while walking, especially on the hind legs that cause cushion leg injured. The wound eventually causes an infection on the sidelines of his claws. Inuka also has a wound located at the bottom of his abdomen, which is probably caused by incontinence, a condition when the body can no longer control the urine exit due to persistent urinary tract infections.
Inuka was finally getting intensive care since April 3, 2018. The treatment focused on the area of his legs make Inuka must take painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and antibiotics. It is also given glucosamine which is useful to relieve joint pain. The Inuka bear condition did not improve significantly despite intensive care, after initial health screening three weeks ago. From the diagnosis, the veterinary veterinarian team and its care team agreed to not resuscitate after anesthesia during a second medical examination.
Singapore Zoo Won’t Adopt another Polar Bear
The presence of polar bears in Singapore, whose average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, has been debated among animal activists and conservationists. Bear’s fur that begin to look green because of the overgrown algae become one of the causes. Finally in 2006, KBS announced there would be no more polar bears brought to Singapore.
Inuka can grow well on KBS evidenced by its weight reaching more than 500 kg and died at the age of 27 years. That number looks young, but the age of 27 years for the polar bear is equivalent to the age of 70’s man. In addition, polar bears that live in the Arctic wildlife typically have a life chance of between 15 and 18 years.
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