Zoo announces death of elderly polar bear, Boris

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This week, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, in Tacoma, Washington, announced the death of a beloved polar bear named Boris. The zoo shared word of the old bear’s passing on social media, writing:

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our beloved elderly polar bear Boris was humanely euthanized this morning after a significant decline in his health.

Boris was 34 years of age and may have been the “oldest male polar bear on the planet,” according to the zoo. Boris was rescued from a traveling circus 18 years ago and he found a “stable and caring” home in Tacoma. The zoo writes:

Our experienced veterinary and animal care teams played a huge role in giving Boris a healthy and comfortable life, providing the geriatric polar bear with compassionate and attentive care every day. Boris was an amazing ambassador for his endangered species and will be deeply missed.

Remembering Boris

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our beloved elderly polar bear Boris was humanely euthanized this morning after a significant decline in his health. At 34, Boris was likely the oldest male polar bear on the planet. He had far surpassed the median life expectancy of 23.4 years for male polar bears in human care (15-18 years in the wild). In late 2017, Boris became a medical pioneer when stem cells grown from his own fat tissue were used in an attempt to help treat his arthritis. Rescued from a traveling circus 18 years ago, Boris found a stable and caring home in Tacoma, where he was loved and revered by our staff and community. Our experienced veterinary and animal care teams played a huge role in giving Boris a healthy and comfortable life, providing the geriatric polar bear with compassionate and attentive care every day. Boris was an amazing ambassador for his endangered species and will be deeply missed. pdza.org/farewell-boris ❤️

Posted by Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Monday, August 31, 2020

The zoo mourns Boris’ loss, writing:

Boris was an amazing ambassador for his endangered species and will be deeply missed.

Read more about Boris at this link.

(Stock image of polar bear via Pixabay free images, NOT Boris)

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