The Milwaukee County Zoo reported that Snow Lilly was 36 years old.
The oldest polar bear among those kept in North American zoos was euthanized in the United States at 36. This is stated in a statement by the Milwaukee County Zoo (Wisconsin), posted on its Facebook page.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Snow Lilly, our beloved polar bear, was humanely euthanized [September 24] due to poor health,” the publication notes. At 36 years old, Snow Lily was the oldest captive polar bear in North America.”
As explained by CNN, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums of the United States, the average life expectancy of polar bears living under the supervision of specialists is 23.4 years. According to the calculations of the non-profit organization for the conservation of polar bears Polar Bears International, this species lives in the wild on average from 15 to 18 years, the broadcaster added.