*Looks like SeaWorld’s decision to stop breeding orca whales was only the beginning of their troubles. Now they’ve got some explaining to do after an otherwise healthy, yet aged polar bear died unexpectedly — only days after its “best friend” was sent away to breed more polars.
According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) says a polar bear named Szenja, 21, “gave up” and “died from a broken heart” within days after “Snowflake” the female polar bear that she shared a space with for 20 years, was shipped away.
Szenja was born in captivity and had lived in SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic exhibit since the 1990s.
Szenja and Snowflake shared an enclosure for two decades and became very close. Now, Snowflake is housed at Pittsburgh Zoo with the intent to breed.
PETA says the writing is on the wall about the polar bear’s death.
“Szenja died of a broken heart, Peta believes. After losing her companion of 20 years when SeaWorld shipped Snowflake to the Pittsburgh Zoo in order to breed more miserable polar bears, Szenja did what anyone would do when they lose all hope, she gave up,” said Peta Vice President Tracy Remain.
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