What a ball of fluff. Kali, an orphaned male polar bear cub from Point Lay, Alaska, explores his enclosure outside the infirmary at the Alaska Zoo.
(Photo: Bob Hallinen, AP)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An orphaned polar bear cub is preparing for a long flight from Anchorage to Buffalo, N.Y.
Alaska Zoo officials say the cub named Kali (KUL'-ee) will leave Tuesday for the Buffalo Zoo.
The bear's mother was killed March 12 by a subsistence hunter near Point Lay, an Inupiat Eskimo whaling community 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional redirector Geoff Haskett says the Buffalo Zoo was picked as Kali's temporary home in part because it already has a six-month old polar bear cub that can socialize with Kali.
Alaska Zoo executive director Pat Lampi (LAM'-pee) says Kali has more than tripled in weight from 18.6 pounds to almost 66 pounds.
UPS will fly the cub to Buffalo.
This photo provided by the Alaska Zoo and taken March 18, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska, shows Kali, an orphaned polar bear cub who is being cared for at the zoo. ((Photo: AP Photo/ John Gomes, Courtesy the Alaska Zoo)