A spokesperson from the Kansas City Zoo announced on Feb. 20 that their female polar bear Bam Bam was euthanized after it was discovered she had liver cancer which could not be treated. Bam Bam was 31 years old.
Sarah Gay, Kansas City Zoo spokesperson, said in a statement that even though Bam Bam was an older polar bear until recently her health was good. She added recent tests on the bear showed she was having issues with her liver. Further tests confirmed that she had liver cancer which was untreatable and the decision was made to euthanize her.
The Kansas City zoo wrote on their Facebook page that Bam Bam was going to be missed by visitors, staff, and volunteers.
Bam Bam was born in Nov. 1987. Formerly residing at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, last spring she was transferred to the Kansas City Zoo. Already at the zoo was a 29-year-old polar bear named Berlin. The average life of a polar bear in 15 to 18 years.
Gay said Bam Bam loved celery and peanut butter. She also liked her living arrangements at the zoo. When her area was being cleaned in the morning, she had no problem letting the zookeepers know they were taking too long. Bam Bam also loved to play with her boat and swim.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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