Zoo regulars pay visit to ailing polar bear

Left: Mr Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the zoo for seven years, went down to sketch Inuka after finding out about its health. Below: Lecturer Anita Ryanto's illustrations of Inuka. Veterinarians have included intensive treatment for
Veterinarians have included intensive treatment for Inuka's feet in the polar bear's daily care regime. Daily scheduled interaction sessions with Inuka have also been suspended to allow the polar bear to "enjoy its time as it pleases".ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Left: Mr Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the zoo for seven years, went down to sketch Inuka after finding out about its health. Below: Lecturer Anita Ryanto's illustrations of Inuka. Veterinarians have included intensive treatment for
Lecturer Anita Ryanto's illustrations of Inuka. ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Left: Mr Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the zoo for seven years, went down to sketch Inuka after finding out about its health. Below: Lecturer Anita Ryanto's illustrations of Inuka. Veterinarians have included intensive treatment for
Mr Philip Garcia, who has been drawing animals at the zoo for seven years, went down to sketch Inuka after finding out about its health. ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Inuka's stiffer gait has caused abrasions on paw pads and muscle atrophy is evident

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 yesterday, however, felt a little different.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'Zoo regulars pay visit to ailing polar bear'. Print Edition | Subscribe