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Salisbury Zoo Says Goodbye to 'Poopsie' the Bear

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File photo of "Poopsie" the bear. File photo of "Poopsie" the bear.

SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury Zoo officials are mourning the death of "Poopsie," a female Andean bear that had lived at the zoo for more than 37 years. 

Officials said that Poopsie's overall condition had declined in recent months. They said the bear's appetite became depressed and, some days, she would refuse to eat her daily diet. Officials said that despite medication to help with the arthritic conditions in her hips and joints, her mobility and strength had become compromised, making it difficult for her to move around her exhibit. Some days, she would not leave the holding building. After examining her current medical condition, the Zoo staff decided she had to be euthanized.

Poopsie was the oldest known Andean bear ever on record, according to officials. On Dec. 27, she would have celebrated her 38th birthday. The average life span of a captive Andean bear is around 25 years.

Poopsie was born in 1973 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She came to the Salisbury Zoo seven months later, on July 18, 1974. This matriarch who bore two litters of cubs, two females in 1980 and two more in 1981, was known for her ease of care and sweet disposition. Her cubs, all females, went to zoos in Cologne, Nuremburg, Zurich and in the United States at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  The cub at Lincoln Park grew up to become the first third generation captive bred Andean bear to produce cubs.

 

 

 

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