The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Polar bear Sheba dies, age 35, at the Singapore Zoo


Polar bear Sheba died at the Singapore Zoo on Thursday.

A statement from Wildlife Reserves Singapore late Thursday night said the 35-year-old bear had been "under treatment since September for loss of strength in her hind limbs, but her condition deteriorated in past week".

"A close evaluation revealed her prognosis was poor, and the polar bear had to be euthanised on humanitarian grounds," it said, adding that it was extremely saddened by the passing.

Sheba arrived at the Singapore Zoo on April 14, 1978, from Cologne Zoo, Germany, when she was 14 months old. She was the first polar bear to successfully raise a cub in the tropics.