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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The oldest polar bear at the Louisville Zoo died on Thursday. The zoo says it has to wait on a necropsy before it can provide more details.
The polar bear, named Arki, came to the Louisville Zoo in Feb. 2011. She was the first polar bear to live at the new Glacier Run exhibit, which opened in April 2011.
She was born at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois in Nov. 1984.
Arki had five litters over the years, and one of the other polar bears at the zoo, Siku, is Arki's grandson. An unrelated female cub, 2-year-old Qannik, also lives there.
"Arki was a great ambassador for her species," General Animal Curator Steve Wing said in a news release. "She's been a great addition to Glacier Run where she flourished in her last few years. Arki and the Glacier Run staff had a special bond and this is going to be a tough loss."
A family of grizzly bears – Mother Inga and her 7-year old cubs Rita and Otis -- also call Glacier Run home.