A cheeky antic with keepers - Inuka would put toothbrush out of their reach

Inuka enjoying a treat on Dec 22, 2016, for his 26th birthday.
Inuka enjoying a treat on Dec 22, 2016, for his 26th birthday.PHOTO: ST FILE
One of Inuka's caregivers said he preferred everyday objects such as tyres and rubber bins to imported toys.
One of Inuka's caregivers said he preferred everyday objects such as tyres and rubber bins to imported toys.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

When it came to toys, Inuka had a keen sense of what it wanted - out went the fancy customised items the zoo would import for it, in came everyday objects like rubbish bins and tyres.

Of course, being the first polar bear born in the tropics meant there would be a few quirks, as its zookeeper Mohan Ponichamy noted in an interview with The Straits Times last Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2018, with the headline 'A cheeky antic with keepers - Inuka would put toothbrush out of their reach'. Print Edition | Subscribe