Thursday, November 20, 2008

Polar Bear Debby is Gone

There was a story on CNN and in the local newspaper a couple of days ago, chronicling the death of Debby, the world’s oldest living polar bear that died in a Winnipeg, Canada zoo.

She had been captured as a cub in 1966, and had been living in the zoo since 1967. That would make her 41 years old when she was euthanized due to increasing poor health and internal problems.

Apparently, polar bears thrive in captivity. The average life span in the wild is 25 to 30 years, but most don’t make it to 20. In zoos, however, they can live up to 45 years.

Tell that to anyone you see holding “Free the Polar Bears” signs.


Bevlove said...

Awww ... 41 years is a long time to live for a polar bear. I bet the zoo was very good to her.

Montee said...

Polar bears are so cute. Yep, those Free Polar Bear sign holding people cause trouble for us in a lot of things.

casch said...

Are they as mean in captivity as in the wild, I wonder?