SeaWorld’s 21-year-old female polar bear, Szenja, died unexpectedly Tuesday, leaving the San Diego marine park with just one other bear, currently on loan to the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Her death came following week-long symptoms of appetite and energy loss, but her passing remains unexplained. SeaWorld will be conducting a necropsy to determine the cause of death, park officials said. It will be several weeks before the necropsy results will be available.
“Szenja was a beloved member of our animal family, so this is a very difficult day for all of us,” said Al Garver, SeaWorld San Diego’s vice president of zoological operations. “Szenja not only touched the hearts of those who have cared for her over the last two decades, but also the millions of guests who had the chance to see her in person. We’re proud to have been a part of her life and to know that she inspired people from …
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