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Philadelphia's Coldilocks, oldest polar bear in US, dies

'Coldilocks will be greatly missed'

PHILADELPHIA - The oldest polar bear in the United States has died.

The Philadelphia Zoo announced Tuesday that Coldilocks had to be euthanized due to a "recent serious decline in her health.

The zoo said its animal care staff had become increasingly concerned about Coldilocks as she began showing worsening changes in her behavior and appetite over the past week.

"We are truly saddened this week. Coldilocks will be greatly missed," said Dr. Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer. "Her long and healthy life is a testimony to nutrition and veterinary attention she received, and to the generations of keepers who cared for and about her over her lifetime."

Zoo officials said the average lifespan for polar bears in captivity is 23 years.

Coldilocks was born on December 13, 1980, at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York. She arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo on October 6, 1981.

"For more than three decades, Coldilocks brought attention to the issues facing polar bears in the wild, including climate change and its growing negative impact on arctic ice," Baker said.

The zoo threw a birthday party for Coldilocks in December, treating her to a cake made of peanut butter, honey, raisins, and fish.

Coldilocks lived with her partner, Klondike, for more than three decades before that bear died in 2015 at age 34.

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