• Monty Alexander

The world's only and last tropical polar bear dies


The Singaporean polar bear named Inuka, which according to the BBC, means 'Silent Stalker' in Inuit, has died due to age-related ailments. He was 27 years old and had outlived the average lifespan of polar bears. Inuka had suffered from arthritis, dental issues, and ear infections, along with weakening limbs, according to recent physical records. He was the only and last tropical polar bear.

Singapore was definitely an odd place for a polar bear to live. Singapore is right above the equator and rarely goes below 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).

Inuka was the fourth polar bear to be born in Singapore. He was born on December 26, 1990, and lived in a temperature-controlled enclosure which emulated a frozen tundra climate.

According to the BBC, "the zoo announced in 2006 that it would not bring in any more polar bears after Inuka." Animal rights and conservation groups have been against the presence of polar bears in Singapore since they were brought to the zoo in 1978.