While I appreciate the tremendous efforts put in by the zoo's veterinarians and keepers to save Inuka, my heart sank when I read that it may be put down at the end of this month if its health deteriorates further.
It was always a joy to see the playful Inuka frolicking in the pool with its parents Nanook and Sheba in the early 1990s.
The adorable and water-loving bear was a graceful swimmer and enjoyed showing off to audiences.
I remember watching it finish off its "ice kachang" - frozen blocks of ice containing treats such as fish and fruit - within minutes.
Inuka, which got its name through a nationwide naming contest, is well-loved. In fact, the polar bear enclosure is one of the most popular sites in the zoo, with many visitors going there first before proceeding to other areas.
Perhaps the zoo can dedicate a day to Inuka, or organise special events. Postcards and other memorabilia of the iconic bear could be distributed to visitors.
I am certain that there will be a massive turnout of people to shower their love and affection on the 27-year-old bear before its health worsens.
A. Thiyaga Raju