Oct 312014

Varvara, the world's oldest brown bear

Varvara, the world’s oldest brown bear — a mother of 29 bears — died at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg at the age of 35, caretakers said.

The bear matriarch lived almost twice the lifespan of free-range brown bears, which average 15 to 20 years in the wild, the zoo said on its Vkontakte social network. She was already ailing at the time and spent most of her day resting, but still showed a healthy appetite for fruit, salmon and rabbit, the report said.

Varvara was an aspirant to the title of the oldest brown bear kept in captivity — her age at the time of death roughly the equivalent of 150 years for humans.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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