Patty the bear at the Houston Zoo euthanized

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The Houston Zoo is in mourning following the sad news that one of its beloved animals has passed away.

Patty, a 31-year-old Andean bear, was euthanized after it was discovered that she was suffering from an aggressive form of cancer, according to the Houston Zoo.

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She had battled cancer about a year and a half and underwent surgery to remove a tumor. That cancer returned and lead to the decision to euthanize her.

“Patty suffered from allergies much of her life which resulted in thinning hair, but the keepers who spent their lives caring for Patty gave her local honey which helped her allergies,” the zoo wrote on its blog Wednesday.

The bear was well-liked by both staff and zoo patrons, remembered as a very active resident who knew how to relax.

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“Patty’s keepers will remember her relaxed personality and for how much she seemed to like building and fluffing nests out of sheets and wood wool, so she could find the perfect sleeping or napping position,” the zoo added.

Bears like Patty typically live into their mid-20s, according to the zoo, meaning that Patty lived a longer life than most her kind under human care.

SOURCEHouston Chronicle
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