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Arctic fox dies at Topeka Zoo

March 19, 2012

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— The Topeka Zoo’s 12-year-old arctic fox has died.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Laddie was euthanized Thursday.

The zoo said Friday that Laddie was diagnosed with an irreversible health condition in early fall 2011 and moved off exhibit. The fox had chronic renal failure and pancreatic exocrine.

A cow pancreas supplement supplied by a Holton meatpacking plant helped for a while. But as the kidney disease progressed, Laddie gradually began to lose weight over the past month.

Arctic foxes in captivity usually live to be 5 to 7 years old.

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