Singapore’s beloved polar bear, Inuka, has been put down at the age of 27.
Affectionately nicknamed “the sunbear” for how much he loved lazing and basking in the sun, Inuka is the first and only polar bear born in the tropics, and has spent his entire life in Singapore.
Born here on Boxing Day, 1990, he was called a Christmas present by keepers. And just like his fellow countrymen, he loves “ice-kachang” – in his case frozen blocks of ice containing tasty treats such as fish.
Singaporeans young and old were saddened by the news of the 27-year-old’s declining health. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember Inuka’s lifetime in the tropics.