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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo perishes during dental work

Polar bear dies during dental surgery at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Key Takeaways:

  • During dental work, a female polar bear from Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo died due to anesthesia.
  • The treatment on Tuesday, according to the zoo, was finished under anesthetic with the aid of a skilled veterinary dentist.
  • According to Furniss, Aurora was a beloved bear that charmed countless millions of tourists as they entered and left the zoo.

Anesthesia-induced death of a female polar bear from the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg occurred during dental treatment.

According to the zoo, polar bear Aurora, who was nine years old, passed away on Tuesday.

Senior director of zoological operations at the zoo, Grant Furniss, stated, “It’s always very sad when we lose animals at the zoo, and in this specific case, it was much tougher under the conditions that she died away.”

Since she was saved and brought to the zoo as a cub in 2013, the zoo claims Aurora has had persistent dental problems. When she was about a year old, she was initially discovered by herself walking around the Churchill Airport.

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According to the zoo, she may have harmed her teeth by consuming pebbles and sticks to survive without her mother.

Furniss claimed that Aurora had undergone several dental treatments in the past to treat an infection, ease discomfort, and stop her tooth problems from becoming life-threatening.

According to the zoo, the treatment on Tuesday was completed under anesthesia with the help of a qualified veterinary dentist.

The zoo reports that the procedure proceeded smoothly, but Aurora suffered a heart arrest as the crew was ready to reverse the anesthesia.

Furniss stated, “The veterinary team did everything possible to bring her back, but sadly, she passed away.

Polar bear dies during dental surgery at Assiniboine Park Zoo
Polar bear dies during dental surgery at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Image from newsofcanada

Furniss stated that although additional tests will be carried out, early analyses into a condition or factor that contributed to the death are inconclusive.

Furniss declared, “We will look into it and determine precisely what happened to Aurora.

According to the zoo, Aurora was a confident, independent bear. She has frequently seen cuddling, spending time with Kaska, another female bear, and acting protectively toward Willow, the smallest female cub.

Aurora was a much-loved bear who delighted countless millions of visitors that entered and exited the zoo, according to Furniss.

Source: CTV News

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