Orphaned polar bear adjusts to new home at Louisville Zoo

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by WHAS11 News

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Posted on July 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 11 at 6:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - The Louisville Zoo’s newest addition - a 6-month-old polar bear - is living and loving life at the Louisville Zoo.

Assistant Mammal Curator Jane Anne Franklin says the cub has made strides since moving to the Derby City.

It won’t be much longer before the cub joins her pals at the Glacier Fun Bear habitat and already zoo goers are excited. Zoo officials expect this to happen in little over a month.

The cub is growing fast weighing close to 80 pounds now and is gaining a pound a day.
Many people are anxiously waiting for the debut of the baby polar bear at Glacier Run at the Louisville Zoo.  Before she goes on display, she is behind the scenes getting used to her new surroundings.

The orphaned cub arrived in Louisville in June.  The 6-month-old polar bear, Qannik, is also the name of the oil field where the young polar bear was found. Employees of ConocoPhillips spotted the cub on Alaska’s North Slope in April. The Alaska Zoo helped rescue the cub and nurse her back to health. UPS then delivered her to Louisville in what has become known as “Operation Snowflake.”

So when will she go on display?  Mike Colombo reports from the Louisville Zoo.


 

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