Did SeaWorld polar bear Szenja die of a ‘broken heart’?

SAN DIEGO — A beloved polar bear has died unexpectedly at SeaWorld in San Diego.

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


In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, Szenja chases after live trout at SeaWorldAE San Diegos Wild Arctic habitat on August 24, 2016 in San Diego, Calif. (Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

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

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.

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

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