Oldest polar bear in human care in North America dies at Milwaukee zoo

Snow Lilly “was humanely euthanized yesterday due to declining health,” the zoo announced Saturday on Facebook. She was 36 years old.
The median life expectancy for a polar in human care is 23.4 years, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In the wild, they live an average 15 to 18 years, according to the organization Polar Bears International.

Snow Lilly “soon became a favorite,” after arriving from the Bronx Zoo in New York in 2005, the zoo said.

“She will be sorely missed by both staff and visitors,” Director Amos Morris said,” according to CNN affiliate WDJT. “As a…


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