Cute factor… off the charts, in fact it is cute times two here in Buffalo.
The baby polar bears at the Buffalo Zoo are just too cute to bear. They really enjoy the snow and ham it up for visitors.
It all started when Luna was born to a bear at the zoo that could not care for her. The mother was a first timer and keepers sensed she was not showing proper maternal behaviors, so Luna was removed. She was hand raised by zoo keepers.
At 6 months of age, Luna got a playmate roughly her own age, a bear named Kali. He has a both sad and heartwarming story himself. His mother was shot and killed by a hunter in Alaska. The hunter, realizing that he killed a lactating female, set out to find the den. In it he found a tiny male cub.
The little bear was bundled up in a pair of ski pants and taken back by snowmobile to be cared for at the Alaska Zoo. Then he was crated up and shipped by UPS air to his new home to socialize with a bear his own age at the Buffalo Zoo. He will be in Buffalo until it is decided to find a permanent home for him. Both bears are over one year old in these images. Luna was born November 27, 2012, and Kali is a month younger.
Below the two cubs play and play.
Bears being bears… cute and cuddly if you are a polar bear that is.
Kali is the bigger bear and displays more dominant behavior. Luna is a bit bigger than a Saint Bernard if you were wondering their size. The bears appear to be great friends, yet were shy to one another when Kali first arrived. They were kept in separate dens initially, seeing and smelling each other until they could be introduced. They were so much fun to watch.
See what happens to sassy Luna in the image below next post. Like I said above, too cute to bear… I have the whole sequence… too klutzy cute for words.
Here is a YouTube video showing Luna playing in the snow with her handlers in March 2013. She was so tiny.
And to see the cutest 3 baby bears on this planet after they emerged from their den in the wilderness of Manitoba, Canada, see these rare photos by photographer Thomas Kokta.