A SeaWorld polar bear has tragically died at the park in San Diego, just weeks after her companion was moved to another zoo.
She reportedly suffered from a loss of appetite and energy for about a week before she passed. Up until February, she shared her enclosure with the parks only other polar bear, Snowflake.
Snowflake was moved to Pittsburgh zoo, after 20 years of sharing her enclosure with Szenja, the polar bear who died.
The executive vice president of PETA has stated;
“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.”
“This should be a wake-up call to SeaWorld: Stop breeding and shipping animals around, close the animal exhibits, and retire the animals to sanctuaries.”
Although the exact cause of her death remains unknown, a necropsy is planned. However, the results will not be known for several weeks.
Szenja has never known the wild. Born in a zoo in Germany, she lived the entirety of her 21 years in captivity. The only thing that stopped her from feeling like a lonely prisoner, was her companion of 20 years. Once she was removed, it could be argued that she simply had nothing left to live for.
SeaWorld not only imprisons animals, it does so without any compassion. It’s clear that these polar bears were important to one another, however this did not stop them from removing Snowflake in order to breed more polar bears into captivity, and make more money.
This SeaWorld polar bear and all of their animals deserve better.