- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - A polar bear at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has been euthanized.

A statement from the zoo says the beloved polar bear, 26-year-old Magnet, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning.

Magnet’s health took a sharp decline over the weekend. He had been recently diagnosed with kidney disease.

Zoo president and CEO Don Hutchinson says Magnet was the most iconic animal at the zoo and a model for its logo.

Magnet came to the zoo in 1991 when he was 3 years old.

The zoo’s polar bears are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which oversees polar bear husbandry and breeding recommendations.

Chief zoo veterinarian Dr. Ellen Bronson says a necropsy will be performed.

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