Farewell Inuka, The last tropical-polar bear…

inuka
Photo Courtsey of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Inuka was the first polar bear to be born in the tropics. He was the offspring of Nanook and Sheba who were brought to the Singapore zoo in 1978 for an extensive breeding program run by the zoo.  He was put down after struggling with age related ailments.  He had been suffering from dental issues, arthritis and ear infection. He was 27 years old when he passed away, which is equivalent to more than 70 human years.

Inuka was the first polar bear to be born in the tropics. He was the offspring of Nanook and Sheba who were brought to the Singapore zoo in 1978 for an extensive breeding program run by the zoo.  He was put down after struggling with age related ailments.  He had been suffering from dental issues, arthritis and ear infection. He was 27 years old when he passed away, which is equivalent to more than 70 human years.He lived in a controlled frozen enclosure, trying to maintain the living conditions for a polar bear. Many conservationists and animal right activists campaigned against having a polar bear in a tropical zoo instead of their natural habitat. In 2006 zoo announced that it would not bring any more polar bears making Inuka the last tropical-polar bear.

Some facts about Inuka-

  1. Inuka is inuit for “Silent Stalker”. The name was chosen through a nation wise naming contest having more than 10,000 entries.
  2. His father Nanook was from Canada and mother Sheba was from Germany.
  3. Inkua’s current enclosure costs more than $8 million.
  4. For his 16th birthday, Inuka had a huge  ice-kachang cake packed with salmon, watermelon and berries.
  5. He celebrated his 27th birthday with agar-agar deserted cake topped with Norwegian Salmon.
  6. Inuka’s fur often turned into green color from time to time because of algae growth.

 Polar bears are vulnerable species and we have to conserve them by not destroying their natural habitats .We should try to maintain their count in their natural habitat rather than keeping them in artificial ones. Inuka will be missed and will always remain in all our hearts.

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