I just received an e-mail from the EcoTarium informing me that Kenda, our 27-year-old polar bear, was euthanized this afternoon after her weekly check-up with the veterinarians at Tufts Medical School: they discovered she had kidney disease.
Even as a part-time employee who has only been working at the museum for two years, I feel extremely sad right now. I was at the museum last night. I saw her. She looked beautiful as always. It is bizarre to think that, twenty-four hours later, she has moved on to a better place.
I have to work both days this weekend and I know the sense of grief is only going to heighten.