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Tundra, NYC’s only polar bear, killed by kidney problems

Tundra, 26, born and raised in the Bronx Zoo.

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The Bronx Zoo has confirmed that the officials of the facility have the Tundra, a 26-year-old polar bear who lived his entire life in the New York zoo.

“We put to sleep our polar bear Tundra by the advanced kidney disease among other geriatric issues related to advanced age”, tweeted Jim Breheny, the director of the Bronx Zoo, on Wednesday evening. “Tundra was born @BronxZoo 26 years ago. He was in NYC last polar bear. I’ve tried to stop by and see him every day [sic], he was a great animal & will be missed.”

We euthanized our polar bear “Tundra” by the advanced kidney disease among other geriatric issues related to advanced age. Tundra is born @BronxZoo 26 years ago. He was in NYC last polar bear. I’ve tried to stop by and see him every day, he was a great animal & will be missed. pic.twitter.com/m5OGs9QWV4

— Jim Breheny (@JimBreheny) December 27, 2017

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The Wildlife Conservation Society confirmed that the Tundra had suffered from acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease and progressive arthritis — none of which had shown improvement despite the treatment.

“He lived a long life under the dedicated care of our keepers and veterinary staff,” Breheny added in a press release issued by the WCS. “Despite his age he remained very active and playful until shortly before his death.”

The concern about the Tundra’s well-being were expressed as recently as July 2016, although no specifically targeted to the level of the care of kidney health. On the contrary, the TOILET had to respond to the concerns about his overall happiness during the park of the summer months, after the images of the Tundra’s limiting himself to a place in the shade of his enclosure to hit on the internet.

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The WSC responded by stating that the Tundra had “never had any heat-related health problems” and that he was photographed sleeping in the sun, even when presented with the option to relax in the shadow.

Tundra, the city was the only polar bear as 27-year-old Gus was killed in the Central Park Zoo in 2013, the Associated Press reports.

The WCS reports that the Bronx Zoo has no plans to acquire another polar bear for the facility in the wake of the Tundra ‘ s death.

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But while the Bronx Zoo said that the display of a polar bear in the near future, that is not the only place animal-lovers can get an up-close-and-personal look at the furry mammals: Earlier this month, an airport worker at the will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Airport in Alaska spotted two polar bears frolic across the runway, probably looking for food.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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