DEBBY THE OLDEST POLAR BEAR IN THE WORLD
Over the years, Debby had been admired by millions of people from around the globe. As her age increased, so did her reputation, and people increasingly flocked to see the famous bear before she died. Sadly, that day came on November 17, 2008, when Debby had to be put down because of multiple organ failure.
I was privileged to photograph Debby on July 17, 2007, just a bit more than a year before her death. As you can see from my portfolio of photos, Debby could still be quite frisky in the water. She seemed to enjoy shaking her head after a dive and sending water flying in all directions. The need for a new set of dentures didn't keep her from smiling obligingly for my camera. It was a delight to capture her friendly and playful personality in my photographs.