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The Polar Bear Courtship Begins In Kansas City


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The long awaited first meeting between Berlin, the former resident of the Polar Shores exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo, and the Kansas City Zoo polar bear Nikita, took place on Wednesday.  Peter Pruett, Director of Zoo Operations in Duluth, says the initital meeting seemed to go well and it's hoped the two bears will eventually "do what comes naturally" and work on a family but they'll have to get used to each other first.  Berlin is one of just 21 captive female polar bears within the optimal breeding age at accredited zoos.  Should the bears have cubs, one could end up at the Lake Superior Zoo at some point.  The two bears can be seen on the Polar Bear Cam at kansascityzoo.org