CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cincinnati Zoo is grieving the loss of “Little One” a beloved polar bear who was humanely euthanized Saturday after suffering renal failure.
Little One was born at the Cleveland Zoo to parents Snowball and Nauyat in 1989, but he lived in Cincinnati for 14 of his 31 years, according to a media release from the Cincinnati Zoo.
“Over my 30 plus year career, I’ve had the privilege of caring for 17 polar bears in two zoos. All of them have been amazing animals to care for,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s head bear keeper Lisa Vollmer. “Saying goodbye is always hard, and it was especially hard with Little One. He was one of the most easy going bears I’ve ever worked with and had a great disposition. His passing leaves a huge hole in hearts of all of us who cared for him. Rest in peace Little One. We love you and you will be missed.”