Rizzo the polar bear dies at 19

Utah's Hogle Zoo has annouced that the decision has been made to put down the decision to put Rizzo the polar bear to sleep. The decision came Saturday afternoon, after the 19-year-old female had ended up in renal failure. Despite receiving treatment for the issue over the past week, her kidneys remained unable to filter waste from her blood and it was determined that the condition was terminal.

Rizzo first arrived at the zoo in 2012, and was the first polar bear the facility had take up residence in nine years. Her loss means the zoo no longer has a polar bear present. Zoo officials say the bear was a beloved attraction that will be greatly missed by many of the staff and patrons alike.

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