Polar bear cub orphaned in Alaska lands at NY Zoo

May 15, 2013 -- 10:45am


- BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A polar bear cub that was orphaned and rescued by a hunter in Alaska has arrived in western New York, where it will have a playmate at the Buffalo Zoo. Kali arrived at the Buffalo airport early Wednesday on a UPS flight. Buffalo Zoo President Donna Fernandes was on hand to greet the nearly 5-month-old cub and its handlers from the Alaska Zoo. In time, Kali will be introduced to the zoo's polar bear cub, Luna, a visitor favorite. The Buffalo Zoo is in the final stages of fundraising for a new $18 million polar bear exhibit. Kali is expected to stay for about six months, but the zoo hopes Kali can be a permanent resident. That decision will be up to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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