Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cold War Defector Polar Bear Dead

Debby died at the age of 41 at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada on Monday. Debby, the oldest known polar bear, was euthanized Monday after suffering several strokes and organ failure. Debby defected from the former USSR to Canada in 1967 at the height of the Cold War.

"Debby was a great bear," said Jos Gatien, the zoo’s senior bear keeper who worked with Debby for 13 years. "She acted like a grumpy old bear a lot of times. It was great. She had a lot of life in her, a lot of feistiness."

Debby was born in the Arctic islands of Russia and came to Winnipeg in 1967.

She became a fixture at the zoo, outliving her mate Skipper and giving birth to six cubs.

This year she was recognized as the oldest living polar bear by the Guinness Book of World Records. Most polar bears only live into their 30s in captivity and Debby was just one month shy of celebrating her 42nd birthday.
How long do you think it will be until Debby's death is blamed on the Global Warming war?

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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