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Kali, the orphaned male polar bear cub from Point Lay, Alaska, explores the outside at the Alaska Zoo.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that Kali will be temporarily transferred to Buffalo Zoo in New York sometime this spring where he will be introduced to a female cub. His permanent home will be at the Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri, where a state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit is being built. The exhibit is expected to completed in 2015.
[Photos: Loren Holmes]
Kali the orphaned cub has been making the most of his temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.
[Video by John Gomes/Alaska Zoo]
Orphaned cub Kali
A polar bear cub, who has been named Kali, has been rescued after its mother was killed outside of Point Lay, Alaska. Kali has been provided a temporary home at the Alaska State Zoo until a new home has been found.
Bruce Woods, a spokesman for US Fish & Wildlife said it’s illegal to knowingly kill a female polar bear, or a female with cubs. It is not clear whether Kali’s mother was killed in a subsistence hunt, in self defense or illegally. It has been confirmed that she was shot but her death is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine what happened in this case.
The hunter who shot Kali’s mother had said he did not see a cub with her at the time but soon found out when he rolled her over that she was a nursing sow. He had followed the tracks of the mother to a den about 1,500 feet away where he found Kali inside. He had driven the cub back to Point Lay on his snowmobile, where the cub received care.
The North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management carried out a health evaluation on Kali and reported the cub to be a young male weighing approximately 18.4 pounds and estimated to be 3-4 months of age.
“It’s still unclear where he’ll go. That process (of determining where he’ll go next) has yet to begin,” Woods said. For the mean time The Alaska Zoo will care for Kali until a home has been found. Kali is said to be eating enthusiastically and there is no indication there’s anything wrong with him.
[Photo credit: John Gomes / The Alaska Zoo]
Polar bear cub, nicknamed “Luna” at the Buffalo Zoo explores an outdoor enclosure to experience snow for the first time . Luna can be seen in the video playing games with staff at the zoo whilst getting used to the new environment.
Ivan and Noel enjoying a swim in their new enclosure.
[Photo credit: Frank Rensholt]