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Kansas City Zoo Will Get Female Polar Bear

Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:14 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 7:14 AM

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Kansas City Zoo's lone polar bear, a male named Nikita, is about to get some company.

Zoo officials said Wednesday they had decided to bring a female polar bear named Berlin to the zoo. She's been living at a St. Paul, Minn., zoo after her home at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth flooded this summer.

The transfer became official after zoo veterinarian Kirk Suedmeyer visited the Minnesota zoo to be sure Berlin was up to the trip after a recent surgery.

The Kansas City Star reports Berlin could arrive by next week and will be quarantined for 30 days.

Officials hope the 23-year-old female will mate with Nikita, who is a 6-year-old.

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