TACOMA, Wash. — A senior polar bear at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma had to go under anesthesia for a routine health exam, and the images are not something we see everyday.
The polar bear, named Blizzard, came to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as a cub after being orphaned on the Arctic tundra with no chance of survival in the wild.
He's now 25, which is old for a polar bear. Zoo officials said their median life expectancy is about 23 years. But luckily, Blizzard is still in good health for his age.
From X-rays to a teeth cleaning, and even a nail trim, the 900+ pound polar bear received a full work up and a clean bill of health from veterinary staff at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.