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Gus, NYC's Favorite Polar Bear, Passed Away On Tuesday

Though he was accustomed to the coldest of temperatures, Gus melted many a New Yorker's heart.

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Gus, New York City's favorite polar bear, was euthanized on Tuesday after vets discovered that he had an inoperable tumor.

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He was 27 years old and, according to the Central Park Zoo where he lived, he had seen more than 20 million zoo visitors during his lifetime.

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Gus made headlines in 1994 for his repetitive swimming patterns that indicated he suffered from neurosis and depression.

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But the public loved Gus for his quirks and became even more endeared to him after hearing about his troubles.

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Though male polar bears in the wild are typically solitary creatures, Gus loved his partner Ida, and the two had a wonderful bond.

This is them in 2009.
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This is them in 2009.

Ida died in 2011 at the age of 25 from liver disease, leaving Gus with a broken heart. He was described as depressed and listless after her death.

Ida in 2010.
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Ida in 2010.

More recently, caretakers first noticed something was terribly wrong with Gus's health when he stopped eating like his normal self and had trouble chewing.

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That's when the tumor was discovered and it was decided that Gus would need to be put down.

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Gus and Ida will both be remembered for the joy they brought to the New York public, and the love they shared.

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Oh, and for the fact that they were super cute.

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And so we say thank you to Gus and Ida for sharing their lives with us. You will not be forgotten.

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