Inuka the Polar Bear

 In Fauna

Decided to publish this post today after I received an email that my beloved polar bear, Inuka, has passed away this morning. I wanted to share this portrait in memory of him.

Inuka is the first polar bear to be born in the tropics. He passed away at the age of 27 today, which in human years is thought to be well in his 70s. The average lifespan of polar bears under human care is around 25 years of age. Wild male polar bear have a life expectancy of between 15 to 18 years.

I felt the loss deeply and mourn for the last polar bear in Singapore.

Cherish all your moments with your loved ones. Life is a subtraction game. A meeting with someone who comes into your life is one meeting less. It is so easy to take things for granted, especially towards people.


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