Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Delivered to The Alaska Zoo
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today they received word that a female polar bear had been taken near Point Lay, Alaska on March 12th. The adult female was accompanied by a cub, which was recovered and transferred first to the community of Point Lay, and then to the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management (DWM).
Polar bear cub“Kali”
The Alaska Zoo, located in Anchorage, was requested to arrange the transportation from Barrow and to provide for preliminary care and management of the cub. The cub is currently being held for observation at the Alaska Zoo, and appears to be responding well.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said they appreciate the many partners, including the people of Point Lay, the North Slope Borough, Alaska Airlines, the North Slope Borough Police Department, and the Alaska Zoo for their efforts in recovering, transporting, and caring for this young cub.
The people of Point Lay would like the cub to be named “Kali” (pronounced cully) which is the Inupiat name for Point Lay.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kali is currently not on display at the Alaska State Zoo. However, opportunities for public viewing will be determined at a later date by the USFWS.
Kali will not be a permanent resident at the Alaska Zoo, since the Zoo already has two adult polar bears. The final destination of the cub will be determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after consideration of all options.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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