TOLEDO, OH (AP) — A polar bear who was a fixture at the Toledo Zoo for more than two decades has died due to kidney disease. Michael Frushour, the zoo’s curator of mammals, told The Toledo Blade that the bear named Marty was euthanized Nov. 4, less than a month shy of his 25th birthday.
It is with heavy hearts that we come to you today with the news that our 24-year-old male Polar bear, Marty, has passed.— Toledo Zoo (@ToledoZoo) November 10, 2021
Thank you, Toledo Zoo Community, for all the support & kindness during this difficult time.
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Marty had been diagnosed a couple of years ago with what Frushour described as “age-related kidney disease” and a recent examination determined his kidneys were now functioning very poorly. Marty and the Toledo Zoo’s female polar bear, Crystal, had several cubs together, and zoo officials believe Crystal — who turns 23 this week — may be pregnant again.