PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A beloved bear at the Philadelphia Zoo has died.
Zoo officials said Ben, a 23-year-old Asiatic black bear, was euthanized Wednesday after being treated for a form of cancer in one of his front paws.READ MORE: Martin Luther King Drive Expected To Reopen To Vehicles In August
He underwent surgery earlier this year to remove a tumor from the paw but an October biopsy found it had returned and borrowed deeper into Ben’s foot. Veterinary staffers then made the decision to euthanize him.READ MORE: Community Recalls Memories At Historic St. Leo's Church In Tacony As Fire Crews Work To Determine What Caused Blaze
Ben was born at a zoological park in Virginia and arrived in Philadelphia in 2002.
The zoo’s chief operating officer says Ben will be missed.MORE NEWS: Funeral For Slain Officer, Delmar Police Cpl. Keith Heacook, To Be Held Monday
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