30-year-old polar bear named Aurora dies at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is saddened to announce that its 30-year-old polar bear, Aurora, has died after showing signs of deteriorating health over the past few months.

Last spring, Aurora was given a thorough exam and veterinarians found signs of liver cancer, according to the zoo. Unfortunately, the cancer was found in an advanced stage and treatment for the bear was not an option.

After looking at the symptoms and deciding that the condition had worsened even further, Metroparks Veterinary and Animal Care made the difficult decision to euthanize Aurora on Monday.

"It's never an easy decision to euthanize an animal," said the zoo's general curator, Andi Kornak. "Aurora enjoyed a long life and she was a favorite of both guests and staff. But her condition was beyond treatment and we made the humane choice after assessing her quality of life."

Aurora was born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Nov. 13, 1982 and she will be greatly missed by the zoo and its visitors.

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