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First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27

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  • Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age.

    Inuka, a 27-year-old animal who grappled with challenges ranging from arthritis to dental problems and ear infections, carried until his last days a green tinge in his fur blamed on algae growth.

    The ageing polar bear on Wednesday morning underwent a second medical examination in three weeks under anaesthesia which revealed no improvement into his health condition despite heavy treatment.

    Calls for Inuka to be allowed to live out his natur