SAN DIEGO (AP) – A beloved polar bear has died unexpectedly at Seaworld in San Diego.

Szenja was a 21-year-old female. The park says she died Tuesday.

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Caregivers said she has had a loss of appetite and energy for about a week.

A necropsy is planned, but the park says it could be several weeks before the cause of her death is known.

Szenja was born at a zoo in Germany in 1995. Two years later, she was brought to SeaWorld when the park opened its Wild Arctic exhibit.

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Polar bears can live about 18 years in the wild and 20 to 30 years or more in captivity.

The oldest polar bear in the United States, a female called Uulu, died last Friday at the San Francisco Zoo. She was 36.

 

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