Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Flies UPS to Buffalo Zoo

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An orphaned polar bear cub named Kali is leaving May 14, via UPS, from the Alaska Zoo for his new home at the Buffalo Zoo. Kali was rescued from the Point Lay section of Alaska back in March, after his mother was shot and he was left to fend for himself.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service handled the rescue and arranged for Kali a temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. While he was there, Kali more than tripled in weight and size.

With the move to Buffalo Kali will be able to join Luna, a young female cub. There, the idea is that the two will not get too attached to their human caretakers and instead will enjoy each others' company and grow up with their bear instincts more wholly intact.

"Operation Kali," as the 14-hour journey has been dubbed, is set to conclude May 15 with the cub's early-morning arrival in Buffalo. Kali and Luna will be exhibited together once Kali arrives at the Buffalo Zoo, which is in the midst of building a new polar bear habitat called Arctic Edge.