Lilly delle nevi “ieri è stato eutanasia umanamente a causa del peggioramento della salute,” the zoo announced Saturday on Facebook
. Lei era 36 Anni.
The median life expectancy for a polar in human care is
23.4 anni, secondo il Association of Zoos and Aquariums
. In the wild
, they live an average
15 per 18 anni, secondo l'organizzazione Polar Bears International
Lilly delle nevi “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
,” secondo CNN affiliate WDJT
. “As a geriatric bear
, animal care staff closely monitored her and watched for signs of any discomfort or decline in her quality of life.
The bear liked swimming in her pool in the summer, “bouncing a large rubber ball on the bottom of the pool like a basketball,” the zoo said.
“Snow Lilly could interact with enrichment items daily that encouraged natural behaviors and kept her mind and body active up until the end,” the director said, according to WDJT.
In recent years she had been given supplements and medication for her joints, according to Morris.