It’s a very sad day on the Internet today. News has recently broken that a beloved polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego by the name of Szenja has died after being separated from her same sex companion of 20 years, Snowflake. The two had known each other since they were little polar bear cubs, considering Szenja was 21 years old when she passed, and Snowflake is currently 22 years old. Polar bears can live up to around 30 years in captivity, and everyone expected the two to grow old and die together, as their bond was always very apparent. Everything was fine and dandy until the asshats over at SeaWorld decided that they were going to send Snowflake away for breeding opportunities, and it was just weeks after this that Szenja stopped eating, and simply gave up on the desire to live and passed away.
The folks over at PETA are saying that she has “Died of a broken heart,” and we personally couldn’t agree more. It’s no secret that SeaWorld has a very, VERY, bad reputation when it comes to how they treat the animals, and pretty much everything that they do, and this is simply another example of why these amusement parks need to be shut down. Here’s what PETA had to say:
“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. Until it does, this ship will keep sinking.”
— PETA (@peta) April 19, 2017
PETA had also stood up against the plans to separate the two bears back when they caught news of it in February, and said:
“Keeping Snowflake away from her fellow female polar bear, 21-year-old Szenja, is cruel because they have been companions for 20 years. Szenja will stay in San Diego while Snowflake takes place in the breeding effort.”
Gonna miss her so much! RIP Szenja ❄💙. The Wild Artic is my favorite exhibit and she was a beautiful polar bear. My thoughts go out to her care givers, SeaWorld San Diego, and everyone she inspired. @seaworldsandiego #szenja #seaworld #seaworldsandiego #sandiego #wildartic #artic #ice #polarbear #bear #animal #canon #photography #picoftheday #dslr #rip
As for what happens next, who knows. Until then, RIP, Szenja. You will be missed! via