Frosty the Polar Bear has died on June 24, 2010 in Denver, CO. Frosty was euthanized at the ripe old age of 25 as the oldest polar bear in a North American zoo.
Senior Veterinarian Dr. Felicia Knightly helped to make this decision because the quality of Frosty’s life had deteriorated to a state of unhealthy weight and low chances of recovery.
The Denver Zoo is morning the loss of Frosty. Most polar bears live to 20-25 but Frosty made it 25 years and 7 months until his liver cancer overtook him.
Another Denver Zoo bear, Voda, died of renal disease on April 27th of this year. Voda was 23 years old when she was humanely euthanized.
Denver still has two other polar bears to visit though, Soosha and Cranbeary. Soosha is Voda’s sister and Cranbeary is Voda’s daughter. Cranbeary is an 8-year-old, 600-pound female who has returned to her birthplace after living at the Memphis Zoo for a while.
Photo courtesy of DenverZoo.org