I write this post heartbroken. I learned of the passing of my dear Zoo friend Wishbone. I am not surprised as he had been suffering from a back injury for four weeks and I knew a descsion was being made early this week. Even in the last days, I still prayed he would get his Miracle. Sadly he didn't and he died never feeling grass under his feet again, like his companion Annie did almost two years ago.
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This post will not make anyone I've called out happy, and in fact they might find that it "is detrimental to the interests of the Society" and revoke my Membership again. Know that what I write is the truth. You can see the fact for yourself, right there in the gray cement. If the Zoo folk don't like what I write then they should do the right thing. I would prefer not to be so passionate about such things, because it makes me physically sick, but I do and I can't just sit by and let this kind of stuff happen without at least noting it. Its not right.
UPDATE: 3.8.12 I assume this article contains information from the Zoo's official press release about Wishbone's passing.
This is my comment in reference to what was stated.
RIP precious Wishy, you didn't have to die this way, if you had a proper surface to live on. ... to say they won't know why his legs failed, in my opinion is a crock. his legs failed because of a back injury (which they posted on a sign in front of his enclosure a couple weeks ago. he has had an existing back issue for years and his companion passed of the same thing. these bears were forced to live exclusively on concrete most of their life, even after his last witnessed episode in december. ... i also question the wording of "suspected" neurological issues. does the Zoo contact outside experts for advice? just like with human health care, there should be specialist contacts for every species of animal at the zoo, in case its necessary. as well, outside necropsies should be mandatory.
PLEASE EXPAND COMMENTS AS I HAVE REPLIED TO SOME WITH ADDED INFORMATION. IT MAY SEEM A BIT RANT-Y, BUT I AM STILL VERY ANGRY ABOUT HOW WISHY'S LIFE PLAYED OUT AND THE ZOO IS TO BLAME.