Goodbye Ursula

There’s difficult and yucky parts of everyone’s job, but today, and the days leading up to today, are among the hardest. 


I posted about Ursula in July, and told you about her leg issues. We rested and medicated her for several months. Many of you were kind enough to donate watermelons for her to take her medicines in.

Last week she took a huge turn for the worse. She’s been unable to stand up. While heartbreaking, the decision became clear to euthanize her.

These days are hardest on the Keepers for sure and everyone wants to know what they can do to help. Kind words, cards, drawings are always good. You can donate money in Ursula’s name to the Museum. We’ll use all funds to buy a new red barrel (enrichment). We had a red barrel that Urs interacted with TONS, amusing the keepers and guests for many hours.

Urs arrived at the Museum 20 years ago. She grew up at the Museum. I remember seeing her arrive on grounds in the back of a pick-up truck. It was the biggest cage I had ever seen.

We’ll post photos and videos of Urs the next few days for everyone to see so check back in.



7 responses to Goodbye Ursula

  1. Katy says:

    Whenever I look down at the scar on my finger I will think of Urs and smile!!! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to know her …she was an amazing bear and so very comical!!! I will miss her like crazy.

  2. Mike says:

    She will be missed. Her life was long and her life was good, she was loved by all. Her life was better than it would have been in somebodys back yard, in a cage or in the wild. Urs was a grand old bear and brought joy and wonderment to staff and visitors alike.

  3. Kim says:

    We were so sad to hear about Ursala’s passing, but happy we got to see her shorty before she died. She was a real beauty! Thanks for taking care of her and sharing her with the world 🙂

  4. Kristen says:

    I’ll really miss Urs. Thanks keepers, for taking such good care of her. “Hurray, hurray”- she was a great bear.

  5. Leiana says:

    hi team, i’m so sorry to hear about urs. she was a beautiful, amazing, fiesty-lady of a bear. it’s clear from knowing some of you – and from seeing the tribute on the blog – that she was well cared for and respected. thoughts are with you guys.

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