Winnipeg: Zoo polar bear dies during dental procedure

Winnipeg: Zoo Polar Bear Dies During Dental Procedure


A female polar bear living at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg died during a dental procedure while under anesthesia. 

The zoo confirmed that nine-year-old polar bear Aurora died on Tuesday, CTV News reported.

“It's always very sad when we lose animals at the zoo and in this particular case, it's was even more difficult in the circumstances in which she died,” said Grant Furniss, senior director of zoological operations at the zoo.

Aurora had recurring dental problems since being rescued and transferred to the zoo small, in 2013. She was found wandering alone around Churchill Airport when she was about a year old.

The zoo believes her teeth were damaged by eating rocks and sticks in an effort to survive without his mother.

According to the zoo, the procedure went well, but as the team prepared to i To reverse the anesthesia, Aurora went into cardiac arrest.

“Aurora was a much loved bear and she brought joy to hundreds of thousands of people who came and went from the zoo,” said Mr. Furniss.