Polar bear Inuka gets giant ice kachang cake for 24th birthday

SINGAPORE - Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was treated to a giant ice kachang cake for his 24th birthday at the Singapore Zoo today.

The cake consisted of the Boxing Day baby's favourite food such as salmon, blueberries, watermelon and strawberries topped with whipped cream.

Inuka was delivered in his mother's den at the Singapore Zoo in the wee hours of Dec 26, 1990. Zookeepers have referred to him as their "best Christmas present ever", Wildlife Reserves Singapore said in a statement today.

The now-senior polar bear has been living in the Singapore Zoo's Frozen Tundra enclosure since May last year. The $8-million exhibit, modelled after the natural environment in the arctic, is about the size of 2 1/2 basketball courts and features climate-controlled resting areas and a large pool.