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Oldest polar bear in U.S. celebrates 37th birthday in Philly

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 15, 2017 12:45 AM
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This photo provided by the Philadelphia Zoo shows Coldilocks, the oldest polar bear in the U.S., at 37. (Philadelphia Zoo via AP)

(Philadelphia) -- The Philadelphia Zoo has thrown a birthday party for 37-year-old Coldilocks, the oldest polar bear in captivity in the United States.

The zoo says they celebrated her birthday yesterday with a peanut butter, honey, raisin and fish cake.

Guests at the party braved a cold, icy day to sing "Happy Birthday" to the bear.

The average lifespan for polar bears in captivity is 23 years. The zoo credits Coldilocks' long life to the care she receives from her keepers and veterinary staff.

Coldilocks lived with her partner Klondike for more than three decades before the bear died in 2015 at age 34.

Polar bears as a species are listed as vulnerable.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in January that about 26,000 specimens remain in the wild.

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