A polar bear has ‘died from a broken heart’ in San Diego’s SeaWorld Wild Arctic.
Szenja, 21, and Snowflake, 22 lived together for 20 years.
They were separated so that Snowflake could mate with male polar bears.
But after the separation, Szenja displayed all the symptoms of separation anxiety and depression.
Szenja died soon after.
PETA Vice President Tracy Remain said: ‘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,’
In a statement, SeaWorld’s vice president of xoological operations, Al Garver said: ‘Szenja not only touched the hearts of those who have cared for her over the last two decades, but also the millions of guests who had a chance to see her in person.
‘We’re proud to have been a part of her life and to know that she inspired people from around the world to want to protect polar bears in the wild,’ he said.