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Debby polarbear winnipeg canada


(Photo: Winnipeg Free Press)

A last photo of Debby at the Winnipeg Assiniboine Zoo.
Debby passed away yesterday at the age of 42 years. Multiple organ failure made the decision to euthanize her slightly easier, although still very difficult.

Winnipeg's famous polar bear, Debby, who drew throngs of visitors to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, had been showing signs of her advanced age and the prognosis of recovery from age-related medical problems was not good. Debby continued to reside in her home exhibit and was out to greet her "public" up to the last day. At 42 years, 4 months, Debby was the world’s oldest living polar bear, an achievement recognized in the 2008 Guinness Book of Records and in the Polar Bears International newsletter. In fact, she appears to be the third oldest bear ever recorded for all eight living species of bears.
Winnipeg is in mourning and will miss her very much.
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Comments on this photo:

Nov 18 2008 22:40 GMT svein
I think the smile on her face tells that her life was good until the end...:-)
Nov 18 2008 22:42 GMT otilia
Nov 18 2008 22:49 GMT Kaska
she looks so majestic here!
what an age!
thank you for sharing.
Nov 18 2008 23:02 GMT hans55 PRO
thats very sad ... you have a nice picture of her !!
Nov 18 2008 23:16 GMT PhotoPro PRO
amazing, and what a loss

great that you have a remembrance of her
Nov 18 2008 23:23 GMT Milibuh
Bye Debby !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 18 2008 23:27 GMT abojovna PRO
A sad notice, my friend, I am sorry for Debby, precious photo!
Nov 19 2008 00:33 GMT GraniteRoad
Beautiful animal. Sorry to hear she has gone to the happy hunting grounds.
Nov 19 2008 01:16 GMT DragonSpeed PRO
Sorry to see that things went bad for Debbie. She quite a beautiful bear.


Nov 19 2008 03:11 GMT jenylew
Aww John...well she lived a good full life! ;-)
Thanks for sharing her story with us!
Nov 19 2008 03:19 GMT ashdad PRO
Sad news! Such a beautiful animal.
Nov 19 2008 03:41 GMT Londi PRO
What a beautiful creature. Thanks for sharing this touching story jomoud, it's a very thoughtful tribute to her.
Nov 19 2008 03:50 GMT LizSA
she is a brave old lady and beautiful... would not say she is on her last....

RIP Debbie.....

and I feel as Magenta Star..... we cry for our worlds Polar Bear population...!!!
may we find a cure for the clobal warming...:(
Nov 19 2008 03:57 GMT fhelsing PRO
she was beautiful ... rest in peace

-- Fleur
Nov 19 2008 16:20 GMT anpos48
she was awsome , great shot :-)))
Nov 19 2008 17:24 GMT yvon
With real snow!!!!