Polar bear Dikson died at Moscow Zoo

Polar bear Dikson died at Moscow Zoo

September 21, 2023

Despite treatment and care, the Red Booker died from cardiopulmonary failure a year after being rescued.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Moscow Zoo head Svetlana Akulova reported in her Telegram channel about the death of the polar bear Dikson, rescued in Taimyr – some time ago he became ill, the animal with paralyzed hind legs was short of breath, ate less and went out of his enclosure less often.

“To stabilize the bear’s condition, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were added to his main therapy. Dikson felt better within a day, but his condition soon worsened again. He died of acute cardiopulmonary failure. According to veterinarians, the bear’s condition worsened due to the progression of spinal cord lesions, as well as secondary infections of the urinary and respiratory tract”, the report says.

Let us remind you that an emaciated bear was found in the village of Dikson in a coal pit with gunshot wounds. The Arctic Red Booker could not move its hind legs. The Nornickel company helped deliver the animal to the Moscow Zoo. He was assisted by many veterinarians, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation specialists.

“Dikson’s passing is a big lost for our entire zoo family. But our souls are warmed by the knowledge that we were able to give our rescued one more year of life. We created comfortable conditions for him, veterinary care, fed him delicious food and gave him gifts. He didn’t die in that coal pile. He lived surrounded by our love”, wrote Svetlana Akulova.

We previously told how Dikson hunted in the pool. Zoologists noted that sensitivity appeared in his paws.

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Text: Angelika Stepanova, Photo and video: Moscow Zoo

September 21, 2023

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