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Salisbury Zoo's Male Andean Bear Dies

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Gritto, Salisbury Zoo's male Andean bear, has died. (Photo: Salisbury Zoo) Gritto, Salisbury Zoo's male Andean bear, has died. (Photo: Salisbury Zoo)

SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Zoo's 24-year-old male Andean bear, Gritto, has died.

The zoo announced the death on Monday. The zoo said Gritto suddenly started showing stroke-like symptoms on Oct. 12. The zoo said a veterinarian examined Gritto the next day, but it did not reveal any physical trauma or causes, other than a probable neurological event, for his symptoms.

The zoo said Gritto was re-evaluated on Oct. 14 following his recovery from sedation and was given another round of medications, but despite showing modest improvement, he remained significantly debilitated. Because of this, the zoo said the staff decided the next day that Gritto did not have a good prognosis for recovery and that euthanasia was the most humane option.
 
Gritto was born on Jan. 28, 1991 at the San Diego Zoo and later transferred to the San Antonio Zoo. The Salisbury Zoo acquired Gritto in the spring of 2003 as a companion to Poopsie, a much older female bear. After Poopsie, the oldest Andean bear in captivity died at age 37, the Salisbury Zoo acquired Chaska, a female bear from the National Zoo.

Gritto became the oldest male Andean bear to successfully produce offspring when he sired a cub, Alba, born on Jan. 23, 2015 to 6-year old Chaska.

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