Yesterday the depressed polar bear Gus finally fell asleep after living 25 years in Central park’s zoo. He came there as a cub from Toledo Zoo, Ohio, US in 1988. 1994 the zoo brought in a therapist to see Gus since his behaviour had worried zoo keepers when he was found doing not much else than swimming in the pool in his small enclosure. The therapist prescribed toys and games to try to help Gus beat the depression. On Monday the Veterinarians checked Gus out and found a large, inoperable tumour near his thyroid. He was euthanized while still under anaesthesia, zoo officials said.
He spent his last two years all alone after his mate Ida died in 2011……
- Beloved Central Park Zoo polar bear Gus dies (nydailynews.com)
- Central Park Zoo Polar Bear Gus Dies At 27 (newyork.cbslocal.com)