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Toby the bear was a fan favorite at the Naples Zoo. But now his caretakers and fans are mourning his loss.

Toby arrived at the Naples Zoo in 2008 with his sister Ana and he became very popular for his almost human-like mannerisms. He would often sit and pose at a picnic bench. He became so popular that he was even featured on The Today Show.

He had a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer known as soft tissue sarcoma. Treatments were unsuccessful and Toby was in pain and discomfort. The Naples Zoo had to make a tough decision to euthanize Toby. He was 17 years old.


Naples Zoo is sad to announce that black bear ambassador and long-time Zoo favorite, Toby, died Wednesday after a brief...

Posted by Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens on Thursday, January 28, 2021