News Release

At the Midland zoo 16 year old polar bear, Homer, was found dead in his pool at around 7 a.m. this morning.

Though the cause of death is not known at this time, a necropsy will be performed by the zoo to determine cause of death.

Zoo director Chris P. Bacon said that he will do everything in his power to determine the cause of death.

This is not the first animal to die. A week ago a 10 year old Bobcat died of renal failure, and a 6 year old giraffe died 2 weeks ago from a broken neck. The deaths are unrelated.

Though this is the 3rd animal to die in recent weeks, sometimes these things just happen. There is nothing that any zoo keeper can do about it.

In a previous news release polar bears were said to have thrived at the zoo since 1985. The cause of death for Homer is more than likely natural but it is still a sad time as we say goodbye to one of our oldest friends.

Rest well Homer.