Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Inuka’s skeletal remains to be preserved

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/inukas-skeletal-remains-be-preserved
By Ng Hui Wen, The New Paper, 26 June 2018 at 06:00 am


Zoo staff posing with a photograph of Inuka during a private memorial ceremony at the Singapore Zoo last month.
PHOTO: Zoo staff posing with a photograph of Inuka during a private memorial ceremony at the Singapore Zoo last month.
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The skeletal remains of Singapore's last polar bear Inuka, which who was put down on April 25 due to its ailing health, will be preserved.

In response to queries, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said yesterday that the remains of the 27-year-old animal will be used for educational purposes.



Students looking at Sheba the polar bear, whose body was preserved after she died of old age and is now used as an exhibit for educational talks.
PHOTO: Students looking at Sheba the polar bear, whose body was preserved after she died of old age and is now used as an exhibit for educational talks.
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Inuka, who would have been well into its 70s in human years, had been suffering from age-related ailments such as arthritis, dental issues and occasional ear infections for the past five years.

A medical examination on April 3 had revealed a significant decline in its health.

The Singapore Zoo said it made the decision to put Inuka to sleep on humane and welfare grounds, after a second medical check on April 25 showed that there was little improvement in its health.


Singapore has released pictures showing the last moments of polar bear Inuka before he passed away.
PHOTO: Singapore has released pictures showing the last moments of polar bear Inuka before he passed away. Vets and carers surrounded the bear and comforted him before he was put down to end his suffering from a rapid decline in health
Mr Mike Barclay, group chief executive of Mandai Park Holdings, thanked Inuka's dedicated keepers for their care of the bear. "Inuka's end came in the most humane way possible, with his keepers, both past and present, in attendance," he said.
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Yesterday, WRS said it has completed a full autopsy on the polar bear and that the findings affirm the prognosis from veterinarians prior to Inuka's death.

"Inuka bore irreversible age-related ailments, including arthritis and ailing limbs, which resulted in a stiffer gait," WRS said.

"This, in turn, caused ulcerations on his pads that led to deeper infection between his toes."

Inuka was the only polar bear to be born in Singapore. The zoo said in 2006 that it would not bring any more polar bears to the country.


Image caption: Baby Inuka and his mother Sheba in happier, healthier times
PHOTO: Image caption: Baby Inuka and his mother Sheba in happier, healthier times
Conservationists and animal rights activists have campaigned against the presence of polar bears in Singapore since their introduction to the national zoo in 1978.
Following animal welfare discussions, the zoo announced in 2006 that it would not bring in any more polar bears after Inuka.

His name means Silent Stalker in the Inuit language
The fussy eater enjoyed salmon the most
Keepers said he loved taking dips in his private pool and enjoyed "hydro massages under his waterfall"
A "cheeky and inquisitive soul", he was known to invent his own games and would even hide his toothbrush from his care team - https://www.sammyboy.com/threads/r-i-p-inuka.253383/
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When news of its declining health broke, hundreds turned up at the zoo to leave cards and letters at his enclosure.

A private tribute ceremony was held on April 26 at the zoo's Frozen Tundra exhibit, where more than 400 zoo staff and guests paid their last respects.


In his tribute, Mr Ponichamy spoke of how fun-loving and 'kaypoh' (nosy) Inuka was, much like Singaporeans.
PHOTO: In his tribute, Mr Ponichamy spoke of how fun-loving and "kaypoh" (nosy) Inuka was, much like Singaporeans.
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By Ng Hui Wen, The New Paper, 26 June 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1]  Ng Hui Wen, The New Paper, Inuka’s skeletal remains to be preserved, posted on 26 June 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/inukas-skeletal-remains-be-preserved

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