Polar Bear Cub Prepares for New Home in New York

An orphaned polar bear cub is preparing for a long flight from Anchorage to Buffalo, N.Y

Young Kali poses after a playful romp

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by by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- 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, and it's with a sad heart that Alaskans and the Alaska Zoo say goodbye.

The polar bear cub was rescued when 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. But while Kali has grown and remained healthy in the Last Frontier, specialists at the Alaska and Buffalo zoos say its for the best, as he needs to go to a zoo with another cub, so he learn other bear behavior.

So today Kali begins a new adventure as he flies, courtesy of UPS, to the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, NY.