Seattle, WA – The passing of a 28-year-old bear named Keema has left a “grizzly-sized hole” in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. According to the Woodland Park Zoo, the grizzly bear was humanely euthanized on Christmas Day because of “a severe decline in his health.”
In a news release, the zoo said:
For the past few months, these amazing teams have had Keema under close daily observation as his mobility declined. They performed several diagnostic examinations, but our veterinary team did not find any treatable underlying diseases. The geriatric bear has been on prescribed pain relievers and joint medication to address progressing arthritis and to keep him comfortable for as long as possible.
The zoo said that Keema was an “icon” who was “curious and choosy.” Keema loved grapes and honey and preferred to shell peanuts before snacking on them. The beloved bear was just shy of his 29th birthday.
Rest in peace Keema.
(Images via Woodland Park Zoo)