Polar bear plays in manmade snow

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Not quite the North Pole, but close enough

Pike, a 30-year-old polar bear, relaxes atop a pile of manmade snow inside his enclosure on Nov. 15 at the San Francisco Zoo in California.

 

Zoo staff celebrated the longevity of Pike and his 32-year-old roommate Ulu by dumping 10 tons of freshly blown snow and several fishy ice block treats into their habitat.

 

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Polar bear plays in manmade snow

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Celebrating San Francisco's elderly polar bears

A very happy Pike rolls around in the manmade snow inside his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo.

 

Given that the typical life expectancy of a wild polar bear is 15 years, Pike and Ulu are some of the oldest bears residing in an accredited U.S. zoo.

 

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Polar bear plays gnaws on fishy ice block

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Icy fish treats

Pike gnaws on a frozen block of fish while exploring and frolicking in his enclosure's new pile of manmade snow.

 

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