I Heart Debby the Polar Bear

Marny Barnes

Beausejour, Canada

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The world’s oldest living polar bear has died.

Debby the polar bear was euthanized Monday after spending her final moments surrounded by zookeepers and veterinarians, the Assiniboine Park zoo announced.

The polar bear’s health had been declining for several months but zoo officials said she remained active and alert until Monday, when a clinical exam indicated multiple organ failure.

Born in Russia in 1966, Debby arrived at Winnipeg’s zoo as an orphaned cub the following year. She spent most of her life with her mate Skipper, and together they produced six surviving offspring.

When Debby was 41 years old, she earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest living polar bear. At 42, she was among the top three oldest bears ever recorded among all eight species of bears.

“Debby was without a doubt the most famous animal in the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s 104-year history," said zoo co-ordinator Dr. Gordon Glover.


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You have to watch the video to get the info, at the end is the address, and all proceeds go to our Zoological society to raise money for a new Polar Bear Enclosure……it’s promised to be the most environmentally bear friendly enclosure in Canada!!!!

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