Denver Zoo polar bear Voda dies |

Denver Zoo polar bear Voda dies

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
(DENVER ZOO | Dave Parsons)Voda with cubs Koda and Nuka in March 2005.

Voda, a popular polar bear at the Denver Zoo, died Tuesday.

The 23-year-old bear’s death was caused by chronic kidney disease, the zoo said in a media release.

“This is very sad loss for Denver Zoo and the entire community,” Craig Piper, the Denver Zoo president, said in a statement.

Voda had been under close veterinary observation because of the disease, and over the last few days she began refusing food, the zoo said.

On Tuesday zoo staff euthanized the bear.

“Unfortunately, she was getting progressively worse, and during an emergency veterinary evaluation, we found that her health was declining rapidly,” Dr. Felicia Knightly, the zoo’s senior veterinarian, said in the release. “We knew she was not going to get better.”

Voda had been at the Denver Zoo for 21 years.

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