Assiniboine Park Zoo’s polar bear Debby, was the oldest living bear in the world at 42-years-old. Third oldest bear of any of the 8 bear species ever.
An orphan cub from the Russian Arctic, Debby came to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in 1967. She produced six surviving offspring with longtime mate Skipper, who died in 1999 at age 34.
Few polar bears reach 20 years of age in the wild, but many have survived into their early 30s in captivity.
This image was taken in the early spring.