Rosemary RIP

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Rosemary the bear was euthanized last week at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Her kidneys gave out and she deteriorated rapidly. She was 30 years old, which is rather elderly for a bear. In the last years, she had become a bit arthritic and moved around with difficulty. She rarely ventured out of her lair and I had only one opportunity to photograph the old wizened bear, back in July. The light was rather poor — a bit too sunny — and I didn’t have a good angle to get her or a good background, but you can get an idea of how old she had become with these pictures:

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Despite her labored mobility, she seemed happy enough spending a bit of time in the sun. Had she lived in the wild she would have died years before.