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.
Did the polar bear at Sea World die?
Gold Coast theme park Sea World says it is “deeply saddened” by the death of one of its polar bears over the weekend. Liya, 19, was born in Russia and was moved to Sea World in 2001 as part of an international breeding program. She died at the theme park on Saturday night.
Are there bears in the sea?
1. Because they spend so much time in the ocean, polar bears are classified as marine mammals. The polar bear’s scientific name, Ursus maritimus, means “sea bear.”