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Inuka, the only polar bear born in the tropics, dies in Singapore Zoo

Bangkok Desk / The only polar bear born in the tropics, Inuka, died Wednesday in Singapore at the age of 27 years of age-related problems, Wildlife Reserves Singapore announced in a statement.

“With a heavy heart, we bade farewell to our beloved senior polar bear Inuka this morning. Despite the best efforts of his care team, Inuka’s condition worsened and the difficult but necessary decision not to revive him from anesthesia was made on humane grounds,” the organization said.

The bear, which weighed more than 500 kilograms, suffered from ailments including arthritis, dental problems and ear infections for the past five years, in addition to a relatively stiff gait.

Though Inuka was 27 years old, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said in its statement that the bear’s age was comparable to a human being in his 70s.

A medical examination carried out on Apr. 3 confirmed that the health of the bear – born on Dec. 26, 1990 in the Singapore Zoo – had declined markedly.

His parents were Sheba, who was born in captivity and came from a German zoo, and Nanook, who was born in the wild and ended up in captivity at Canada’s Winnipeg Zoo before being brought to Singapore for mating.

Male polar bears in the wild have a life expectancy of between 15-18 years. (April 25, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se dice que...
A
ha muerto un oso polar en un zoológico.
B
un oso polar de un zoo está enfermo.
C
ha nacido recientemente un oso polar en un zoo.
Question 2
Según el texto...
A
Inuka fue el primer y único oso polar que nació en el trópico.
B
no se sabe si Inuka nació en el trópico.
C
hay más osos polares en el mundo que nacieron en el trópico.
Question 3
Según el texto, Inuka nació...
A
a finales de los años 90.
B
a principios de diciembre de 1990.
C
a finales de 1990.
Question 4
Inuka...
A
murió siendo un oso joven.
B
murió siendo un oso viejo.
C
murió al poco de nacer.
Question 5
Inuka vivió...
A
no vivió más años que un oso polar en libertad.
B
menos años que los osos polares que viven en libertad.
C
más años que los osos polares que viven en libertad.
Question 6
Sobre la salud de Inuka se dice que...
A
nunca ha tenido problemas de salud.
B
siempre ha tenido problemas de salud desde hace años.
C
ha empeorado mucho en las últimas semanas.
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