Oldest polar bear in US celebrates 37th birthday

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

A very old polar bear got a much deserved birthday bash at the Philadelphia Zoo this week.

Coldilocks celebrated her 37th birthday on Thursday with cake and presents at the Philadelphia Zoo.

She serves as an ambassador at the zoo educating visitors about climate change and environmental protection.

A party fit for a polar bear.

Coldilocks, who turned 37, was honored with a special cake of peanut butter, honey, raisin and fish.

"Happy birthday! You're one of my favorite animals at the zoo", writes one commenter.

Coldi, for short, has far outlived the typical lifespan for captive members of her species, which is around 23.

Coldilocks, the oldest living bear in captivity in the US, has far surpassed the life expectancy for the breed in captivity, which is 23 years. They credit Coldilocks' long life to the care she receives from the zoo's veterinary staff and her keepers.

Coldilocks previously lived with her partner Klondike until he died in 2015 at 34 years old.

At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden scientists, in partnerships with zoos across North America, are racing against the clock to save the polar bear. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in January that about 26,000 specimens remain in the wild.

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