Polar bear Nord in Tallinn has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Jan 8th, 2019 | By | Category: The Memory Lane

8.1.2019 – Source: The Tallinn Zoo, Photos by Evi from Tallinn

Today we received sad news from the Tallin Zoo. Polar bear Nord had to be euthanized due to a bad wound in his paw. Despite of a long treatment and consulting expert veterinarians the wound didn’t heal. Nord wasn’t able to lead a good life in the zoo and the difficult decision had to be made.

Nord was born in Vienna in the year 2001. He came to Tallinn in 2009 from the Moscow Zoo. He and the female polar bear Frida got two cubs. Nora was born in 2013 and lives now in the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna. Aron was born in 2016 and he’s still living with his mother in the Tallinn Zoo.

The keepers and visitors in Tallinn remember Nord as a brave and gentle polar bear male. He will be deeply missed.

To honour the memory of Nord I publish an article from July 2018 by Evi. The article is about Nord’s move to the new enclosure.

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He came out for the first time in the new place on the 2nd of June. He was curious but very relaxed. He walked around, rolled himself on the ground and even went swimming in the pool.

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Now it seems he’s enjoying his new big home, but he seldom swims in the pool. I think that’s because of his sick paw. In the warm weather, he just sat down in the water and looked around.

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Nord loves very much to scrape the earth and, of course, to roll himself on the ground. That’s why he is often a “cappuchino bear”.

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Because Nord doesn’t like closed spaces, he is always cautious, when is entering into some room. In the New Polarium, he also sleeps often in the immediate vicinity of the entrance.

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Nord’s paw looks still very bad! He gets treatment from the 6th of June according to the results of the analyzes. The treatment plan was made in a collaboration with the specialists from Vienna and Rotterdam.

Here are Evi’s last pictures of NORD:

With white snow from December 24th, The others from Dec. 26th.

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Goodbye, Nord!

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  1. Farewell, Handsome Nord!

    Love, Christine

  2. Dear Evi, this is really very sad news. Sorry for writing it but I actually did not know that Nord was suffering from such a bad wound. What has happened and where did it come from? And 17 years is way too young to die for a polar bear. We can only be grateful that he is no longer in pain.

  3. R.I.P. Nord!
    It is very sad that Nord is no more alive. I am very sorry for the keepers and fans of Nord. It is very hard to let a beloved animal go

  4. Thank you very much, dear MERVI, for having published the press release fron the TALLINN ZOO and for having published again EVI’s report on NORD of July last year together with her photos of him . . AND for your personal words. . . . I left my condolences – especially for dear and appreciated EVI – THIS morning in the ‘BACK ROOM’:


    My note from this MORNING(!) in the ‘BACK ROOM’ – January 8, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 // Re: ‘Die KNUIPE’ – 9:25 AM on January 8, 2019
    OH NOOOOOO! – That’s real sad news. QUOTE: “There are the sad news from the zoo Tallinn. Polar bear male Nord was put to sleep today. The abscess at his paw did not improve.” . . . Thanks anyway, dear LUDMILA, for having informed us. . . . RIP, dear beautiful guy! . . . And my heartfelt sympathy to EVI, the keepers and all the animals in and to the visitors/friends at/to ZOO TALLINN.

    I’d like to add now:
    and also to those of VIENNA and MOSCOW! . .
    Wishing a good further life to FRIDA and ARON in Tallinn and to NORA in Vienna!

  5. Polar Bears are very fragile. The big males especially.
    Nord was well looked after and as the pictures show everything was being done to help him
    Dear Evi thank you for showing us a great and gentle bear called Nord.

  6. Dear Mervi and Evi!
    This is really bad and sad news.
    What a pity the vets couldn´t help Nord. He was a handsome bear in his prime and was loved by visitors and keepers.

    I´m very sad about his death. It´s a small comfort that he is beyond pain now.
    My heartfelt sympathies to all who loved him and now miss him deeply.

    Sleep well Nord.


  7. Liebe Evi,

    es ist unendlich traurig, dass keine Hilfe mehr für Nords Pfote möglich war.
    Er muss mit diesem Fuß entsetzliche Schmerzen gehabt haben, und deshalb
    ist es der einzige Trost, dass er nun nicht mehr leiden muss.

    Danke für deine vielen Fotos und Berichte von diesem schönen und freundlichen Bären.
    Es berührt mich sehr, das seine Tochter Nora nun in Wien ist, wo er einst geboren wurde.
    Ruhe sanft großer, tapferer Nord!

    Tröstende Grüße an dich, liebe Evi

  8. Its a pity, that Nord could enjoy the new space only for a short time.
    I was so sad, to watch him in the cage with concrete on the ground…
    No miracle, that Nord loved to roll on the earth, and grass and stones.
    I often asked me, if we would put a human to death, because of a
    wound at the leg ? The male polar bears always have a difficult
    situation, in Nords case its really tragic – R.i.P. good old chap! 🙁

  9. Liebe Mervi und liebe Evi,
    sehr traurig, jetzt hatte er ein neues schönes Gehege und konnte das gar nicht mehr geniessen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K


    Das hast Du sehr schön geschrieben!

  11. OT – Technical HINT for M E R V I !! –
    concerning published time-notes in the ‘BACK ROOM’
    Re: see above “Dumba January 8th, 2019 9:18 pm ”

    Now, this morning, my contribution concerning ‘NORD’ shows the RIGHT time, which was 10:48 AM in effect
    (and NOT 04:48 PM!). . . I personally don’t have any explication for these various time informations under the ‘BACK ROOM’ comments. . . . As said earlier: I NEVER made something about the time myself.

    This is not always important (but may be sometimes anyway), and therefore you should know it at least.

    E N D of the OT-information

  12. dear Evi
    thank you very much for all these wonderful pictures of Nord, I am so sorry for you, for his good keepers and for all his good friends who will miss this gentle bear
    dear Nord we are sad here on earth but I am sure you will meet many good friends in rainbowland,
    dear greetings

  13. Es tut mir sehr leid um den guten Nord,grüße die anderen alle da drüben!

    Traurige Grüße von Brigitte.

  14. Es ist sehr traurig, dass er sein schönes Zuhause nur so kurz geniessen konnte. Es ist nur gut, dass er jetzt keine Schmerzen mehr hat aber er wird allen in Tallin und den Lesern von KWM sehr fehlen. R. I. P.

    Alles Liebe, Erika

  15. So sorry to read that Nord has passed away.

    Evi, thanks for the wonderful pictures and lots of thoughts from Copenhagen to the Zoo and you.

    Greetings from Copenhagen

  16. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for this nice memory page!
    Thank you, dear all, for your hearthfelt comments!

    NORD was a gorgeous Polar Bear and very many people loved him…His death concerns all of them!
    It’s so sad story… and I was afraid of this bad news for a long time, because I saw, that Nord’s wound did not heal…
    I was still hoping for the best…
    I am in Vienna at the moment and I’m happy, that “my” lovely NORA lives just here, in the Schönbrunn Zoo – in his father’s birthplace! Nora seems to love this conditions and it’s very important for me…

    R.I.P. , dear NORD…!

    Kind regards,

  17. Liebe Evi, liebe Mervi,

    es tut mir so leid, dass Nord über die Regenbrücke gehen musste. Wir haben so gehofft, dass seine Pfote noch heilt. Nun hat er keine Schmerzen mehr.
    Auch ich finde es schade, dass er sein neues Gehege nicht mehr richtig genießen konnte.

    Danke, für die vielen schönen Erinnerungsfotos.
    Ruhe in Frieden Nord.

    Liebe Grüße