Marty, the father and grandfather of so many cubs, has died at the Toledo Zoo, where he has lived most of his life.
|Marty's handsome face
|Marty wonders who is that other bear?
|Marty and his reflection, in the ice room.
|Marty swimming, back in his more active days
Nan had had no more cubs, and now is retired at Como Zoo, but Crystal has been a prolific mother, giving birth to Siku in 2009, twins Suka and Sakari in 2012, Hope in 2015, and Bo in 2018. There may yet be another cub or two, as Crystal dens up this fall and winter.
Marty's daughters Aurora and Anana have been prolific as well, Anana is mother to Amelia Gray, and Aurora is mother to Nora, twins Nuniq and Neva, and Kulu in the Columbus Zoo. Suka gave birth to twins Astra and Laerke in the Detroit Zoo.
Marty is fondly remembered by his many friends in the Brookfield Zoo, where he was born, and where his brother Hudson still lives. His other brother Payton lives in the North Carolina Zoo.
|Marty gives Nan a little kiss
|Marty, front, snuggles Nan
|Marty napping in mid-August
|Marty goes for a lazy dip on a warm day this past August
I last saw Marty in August. He was quiet, mostly sleeping. I wondered then if it was just because it was a warm day, or if he wasn't feeling well. He did go into the pool, but then he just floated there, awake but not wanting to play or swim.
Marty had been diagnosed with failing kidneys several years ago, and last Thursday, the vets put him under to examine him. They determined that his kidneys had gotten to the point where Marty's quality of life was impacted, so he was euthanized.
|Marty was massive bear
We now have only 40 polar bears in U.S. zoos. Marty was one of only three males known to have fathered cubs.
|Marty's paw in August, as he slept.
With the exception of Luna, all the cubs born in the U.S since 2005 are either Marty's children or grandchildren. He will be missed but his great legacy lives on.