Snow Lilly, Milwaukee County Zoo polar bear, dies at 36

MILWAUKEE – North America’s oldest polar bear living in human care at the Milwaukee County Zoo has died. Snow Lilly was euthanized Friday due to her declining health and subsequent quality of life concerns. She was 36.

According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the median life expectancy for polar bears in human care is about 23 years A recent wellness exam found Snow Lilly had heart disease and was undergoing other age-related change.

Snow Lilly came to the Milwaukee County Zoo from the Bronx Zoo.

According to a post on the Milwaukee County Zoo Facebook page, Snow Lilly arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2005 and soon became a favorite. She enjoyed swimming in her pool and could be seen bouncing a large rubber ball on the bottom of the pool like a basketball.