America’s oldest polar bear celebrates chilly birthday

AP-Polar Bear Birthday
Coldilocks the polar bear looks up from a nap at the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. The zoo held a 36th birthday for the bear as temperatures hovered in the mid-20s. She is the oldest polar bear in the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Coldilocks, the oldest polar bear in the U.S., is celebrating her birthday on a fittingly frigid day in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Zoo held a 36th birthday party for Coldilocks on Friday, as temperatures hovered in the mid-20s but felt more like the mid-teens. Dangerously cold temperatures and strong winds are blowing around the Northeast for a second day.

The weather was a birthday bonus for Coldilocks, who was treated to a block of ice decorated like a cake with carrots, blueberries, peanut butter and nuts.

For more than three decades, Coldilocks and her partner, Klondike, were ambassadors for their species in the wild, which are listed as threatened.

Their typical lifespan in captivity is 23 years. Klondike died in 2015 at age 34. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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