Declining health of polar bear Inuka saddens Singapore Zoo visitors

The Singapore Zoo said on April 13 that Inuka who was born at the zoo, is in declining health.
The Singapore Zoo said on April 13 that Inuka who was born at the zoo, is in declining health.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Singapore Zoo's iconic polar bear, Inuka is scheduled to undergo a second health examination in late April. If results show no improvement in Inuka's welfare, his care team may have to make the decision to euthanise him on humane grounds, said the zo
Singapore Zoo's iconic polar bear, Inuka is scheduled to undergo a second health examination in late April. If results show no improvement in Inuka's welfare, his care team may have to make the decision to euthanise him on humane grounds, said the zoo.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Polytechnic lecturer Anita Ryanto, 47, with her drawings of the zoo's iconic polar bear, Inuka.
Polytechnic lecturer Anita Ryanto, 47, with her drawings of the zoo's iconic polar bear, Inuka.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Lecturer Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the Singapore Zoo for the past seven years, also turned up to sketch Inuka.
Lecturer Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the Singapore Zoo for the past seven years, also turned up to sketch Inuka. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

SINGAPORE -For the past five years, polytechnic lecturer Anita Ryanto has gone to the Singapore Zoo almost every month to paint watercolour illustrations of the zoo's iconic polar bear, Inuka.

Her visit on Thursday (April 12), however, felt a little different.

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