Polar bear from Prague Zoo dies in Almaty following relocation

A polar bear from Prague Zoo called Tom, who was relocated to Almaty Zoo in Kazakhstan this spring, has died, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.

According to the zoo in Almaty, the reason was intoxication of the organism due to a long-term illness, but according to the head of Prague Zoo, Pavel Bobek, the bear left without any symptoms.

The relocation of the bear was recommended by the coordinator of the European breeding programme, following the death of female Berta last September, which left Tom as the only polar bear in Prague.

Prague Zoo wants to examine the cause of the death with the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Author: Ruth Fraňková