AKRON, Ohio - It is with great sadness that Akron Zoo officials announce the death of a male Sun Bear, Ringo. Ringo, who was battling cancer (squamous cell carcinoma), was euthanized Wednesday, October 22, 2008 after a CAT scan showed the cancer had spread to his skull.
Ringo had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since he was diagnosed with the cancer in January, 2007. On Monday the Animal Care Staff noticed swelling on Ringo's face along with a change in appetite and behavior. Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Gary Riggs, performed a CAT scan that showed the spread of the cancer.
Ringo was born on August 2, 1988 at the Miami Metro Zoo and came to Akron from the San Diego Zoo on April 16, 2000.
Muffin, the zoo's other sun bear, has the same type of cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy and her condition is currently stable and she will remain on exhibit at the Akron Zoo.
The Akron Zoo, which is home to over 700 animals from around the world, is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens, $5.50 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and Parking is $2.00.