(WLNS) - She was a "must-see" at Potter Park and today zoo-goers are saying good-bye to the gray wolf Bella.
The 15-year old wolf, also known as a timber wolf, passed away from age-related issues Wednesday.
“We are sad to see Bella pass, but are fortunate to know she lived far beyond her life expectancy and received excellent care with us at Potter Park Zoo,” said Sherrie Graham, Executive Director at Potter Park Zoo. “Bella had a wonderful life and she will surely be missed.”
Bella arrived at the zoo in April 2009 and shared a habitat with another female gray wolf. She came to Potter Park Zoo from the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake Minnesota and was born on January 1, 1999.
“Everyone here at Potter Park Zoo is sad to see Bella pass, she had become a favorite of staff and zoo visitors,” said Cynthia Wagner, Animal Curator at Potter Park Zoo. “We are thankful Bella was able to be part of Potter Park Zoo and look forward to bringing in a young wolf soon.”
The gray wolf is considered the most endangered wolf in North America according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.