LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Brutus, Ellen Trout Zoo's North American black bear, died Thursday, due to age-related causes, the zoo announced Friday. He was 29.
According to zoo director Gordon Henley, Brutus suffered what appears to have been a condition of a central nervous disease. Zoo workers took him off exhibit and moved him to the facility's animal hospital, where he could be closely watched and cared for. He died Thursday morning in front of zoo employees.
Brutus came to the zoo in August of 1984 as a confiscation by Texas Parks and Wildlife. As a cub, his previous owners declawed Brutus, which led to arthritic conditions in his forelegs as he aged.