Illinois Zoo Announces Sad News of Passing of Jim the Brown Bear
All good things do come to an end and sadly that includes the life of beloved zoo animals. A zoo in Illinois just shared the news that one of their bears has now passed after his health declined to the point where he was beyond help.
The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago just shared the news of Jim the 27-year-old brown bear being euthanized after a recent evaluation.
It appears that Jim lived a long and happy life. A to Z Animals mentions that brown bear lifespans vary, but generally it's 10 to 20 years. A bear in the wild having to compete for food sources is obviously not gonna live as one in captivity like Jim. 25 is considered a very long bear life so Jim's 27 was quite an accomplishment.
According to the Brookfield Zoo status update, Jim has been a part of their zoo community when he and his brother arrived way back in 1995 when he was just 6 months old after their mother was killed by a hunter. Here they are during one of their happier bear brother moments.
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