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This Orphaned Polar Bear Is Moving To New York
March 25, 2013
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This story starts sad. But it gets happier as it goes along.

Earlier this month, Inupiaq subsistence hunter James Tazruk was hunting north of the Arctic Circle. He shot and killed a polar bear - only to discover she was a nursing mother.

Tazruk was upset when he realized what he'd done. So, rather than leave the mother's young to die, he tracked the bear's footprints back to her den.


When he arrived, he found an 18-pound, three- or four-month-old cub. He crawled inside the den and picked up the little bear.

"I'm not going to hurt you. I'm going to take you home," Tazruk told the bear. "Just don't bite me."

He transported the bear back to Port Lay, where he lives. The villagers there named the cub Kali (pronounced "Cully"), the Inupiat word for the town.

The next day, Kali was taken to the city of Barrow for a physical, then transported to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, where he's been living since.

Zoo officials say Kali will be moved to Buffalo Zoo in New York at some point in the spring, where he'll join the zoo's own cub, Luna (check out some footage of her right here).


Apparently, Luna's mom Anana is having trouble raising her. The zoo hopes that letting the two cubs interact will help ensure they don't get too attached to their human keepers, according to LiveScience.

"At the Buffalo Zoo, both cubs would benefit from each other's company during this important period in their development," Randi Meyerson, coordinator of the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan, said in a statement. "Peer-raising animals is generally preferred over human-rearing animals whenever possible."

But Kali might actually end up at another zoo in the long run.

The St. Louis Zoo is building a state-of-the-art polar bear facility, which is expected to open in 2015. Kali may end up there once it's ready to go.

Via LiveScience


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