Debby (polar bear)

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Debby in 2008
SpeciesPolar bear
Bornc. 1966
Soviet Union
Died17 November 2008(2008-11-17) (aged 41–42)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Known forOldest polar bear recorded
ResidenceAssiniboine Park Zoo

Debby (1966 – November 17, 2008) was a female polar bear, considered by scholars as the world's oldest. She lived in the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg. In August 2008, the Guinness World Records certified her as not only the oldest polar bear, but one of the three oldest individuals ever recorded of all eight bear species.

Debby was born in the Soviet Arctic in 1966,[1] and subsequently orphaned; she arrived in Winnipeg when she was a year old.

While in captivity, she had six cubs with her mate Skipper.[2]

In November 2008, she was found to have multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, and was subsequently euthanized. She was 41 years old.[3]

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  1. ^ "Tributes pour in after oldest polar bear dies in Winnipeg". November 18, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Puxley, Chinta (November 18, 2008). "Oldest polar bear in captivity dies". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "World's Oldest Polar Bear, 41, Dies". 18 November 2008. Retrieved 2020-02-14.