Debby (polar bear)

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Debby polar bear.jpg
Debby in 2008
Species Polar bear
Sex Female
Born c. 1966
Soviet Union
Died 17 November 2008(2008-11-17) (aged 41–42)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Known for Oldest polar bear recorded
Residence Assiniboine Park Zoo

Debby (1966 – November 17, 2008) was the world's oldest polar bear. 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 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.

In November 2008, she was found to be suffering from multiple organ failure, and was subsequently euthanized. She was 42 years old.


  1. ^ Tributes pour in after oldest polar bear dies in Winnipeg from; published November 18, 2008; retrieved September 27, 2014