Singapore’s last beloved polar bear, Inuka, was euthanized on the 25th April. Inuka was 27 years old, which translated to roughly 70 human years. He outlived a polar bear’s average lifespan of 15-18 years in the wild and 25 years in captivity. Due to his old age, Inuka had suffered from age-related ailments like arthritis, ulcerations on its paws, and urine burns caused by recurring urinary tract infections. Inuka’s health continued to worsen despite additional treatment, leading to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s (WRS) decision to end his suffering. WRS was also aware that polar bears are not meant to live in warm tropical climates like Singapore, and has emphasized that they would not bring in any more polar bears after Inuka. “As much as we would like to keep Inuka with us for as long as possible, our ultimate responsibility is his welfare”, said Mr Mohan Ponichamy, deputy head keeper at the Singapore Zoo.
Written by Ashley Koh