Alaska Zoo Welcomes 'Kali' the Polar Bear Cub

An orphaned cub from the North Slope is transferred to the Alaska Zoo for preliminary care after his mother was killed in Point Lay.

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by Megan Mazurek

ANCHORAGE - An orphaned cub from the North Slope is transferred to the Alaska Zoo for preliminary care after his mother was killed in Point Lay.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say the 3-4 month-old bear cub, 'Kali' is doing well and will be held for observation temporarily until a permanent residence is found.

The Alaska Zoo already has 2 adult polar bears and does not have room for more. A new home for the cute cub will be determined at a later date.

The public will have the opportunity to see Kali sometime in the first week of April after he becomes acclimated, according to officials.

The young cub was given the name , 'Kali," pronounced cully, the Inupiat name for Point Lay.

The U.S. Fish Wildlife says it appreciates the efforts of the Point Lay community, the North Slope Borough, Alaska Airlines, North Slop Borough Police and the Alaska Zoo for helping bring the young animal to safety.

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