Nashville Zoo Mourns Loss of Andean Bear

Nashville Zoo - Andean Bear Holt
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Nashville Zoo is mourning the loss of one of their Andean bears.

The Zoo shared on Facebook that Holt had died early Wednesday morning after a series of seizures. After 12 hours of attempting to stop the seizure episodes, the zoo’s officials made the decision to euthanize the bear.

“We are devastated at the sudden loss of Holt,” said Nashville Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz. “He was a very charismatic animal and a great ambassador for his species and the Zoo. His absence will have a profound and lasting effect on all of us here at the Zoo.”

“Holt had no history of seizures,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo Director of Veterinary Services. “He was considered to be a perfectly healthy bear.”

Holt arrived at the Nashville Zoo in May 2016 from Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The veterinary team will perform a necropsy and histopathology as they try to determine the cause of the seizures. The Nashville Zoo is home to another Andean bear named Muniri.

The Nashville Zoo has asked anyone wanting to honor Holt to make a donation to Andean Bear Conservation here.