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Tulsa Zoo Announces Passing of American Black Bear, Amos

The Tulsa Zoo is sad to report the loss of American black bear, Amos. The approximately 18-year-old male bear passed away in the zoo’s veterinary hospital on March 26 from post-procedure complications.

Amos came to the Tulsa Zoo in 1998 from the Louisville Zoo, which has been caring for the black bear after rescue by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Little is known of Amos’ juvenile life.

While male black bears in human care can live to about 30 years, Amos had a number of health issues, including, most recently, a mass in his chest and an enlarged ureter. Amos was being treated for suspected kidney disease and had been off exhibit for more extensive testing before his passing.

Amos will be greatly missed.