Lyutyik photographed in 2015 (970souk / Reddit)

Name:  Lyutyik (male)

Born: 9 December 2000 in Leningradsky Zoopark, St. Petersburg, Russia

Died:  13 October 2019 in Alaska Zoo, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Mother: Uslada

Father: Menshikov (deceased)

Siblings:  At least fifteen other cubs born to Lyutyik’s parents survived birth.  Liya (deceased) was Lyutyik’s twin sister/

History of captivity:

  1. Born in captivity 9 December 2000 at Leningradsky Zoopark, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  2. Transferred to Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia 20 November 2001
  3. Transferred to Anchorage 15 August 2006
  4. Died in Anchorage 13 October 2019.

Progeny: None

Additional Information

Lyutyik was better known as “Louie”.

His long term companion (so far as is known they never mated and certainly produced no cubs) was Alphun who died unexpectedly of meningitis on 31 December 2017.  Cranbeary was brought to Anchorage from Denver in the hope that she would provide companionship for Louie, but also that they may perhaps have breed.  See article links below.

This polar bear has been down since his mate died. Can a bear have a broken heart? (7 February 2018) (Opens in new window)

Cranbeary arrives in Alaska (20 October 2018) (Opens in new window)

Polar bears spend first night as roommates; ‘went really well,’ AK zoo says (1 February 2019) (Opens in new window)

On 10 October 2019 it was reported that Lyutyik was unwell with an “unknown medical condition”.  Click here for the news story (opens in new window).

Lyutyik died on Sunday 13 October 2019.  You can read a news report on his death here (opens in new window).

The following was included in a statement from the Zoo:
“Having been receiving medical treatment over the last two months, Lyu passed away late in the day on Sunday, October 13th, 2019. An evaluation following his death revealed a mass around and in one of his kidneys, something that often goes undetected in animals so large as Lyu. A more comprehensive pathology review is in progress.”

The video below shows Cranbeary (in the foreground, stretching) and Lyutyik in Alaska Zoo. This was posted online by the Zoo in February 2019.

Cranbeary doing polar bear yoga. Lyutyik does not appear to be impressed! Video by Zoo Director Pat Lampi.

Posted by The Alaska Zoo on Monday, 4 February 2019

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