The Kansas City Zoo’s two big white polar bears have met nose-to-nose, eye-to-eye and paw-to-paw. Nikita and Berlin are now exhibiting together in Polar Bear Passage, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily, under the close watch of zoo keepers, veterinarians and other professionally-trained staff.
“HOWDY”sessions between the two polar bears were remarkably calm and uneventful and, on February 6, the division between the bears was removed.
As the two bears physically checked out each other, zoo keepers and veterinarians were close by keeping a watchful eye. All interactions were as expected—sniffing, huffing, grunting, and a bit of “polar bear dancing”. Berlin’s laid-back personality combined with young Nikita’s teenage attitude created a good balance.
Nikita and Berlin are virtually living together 24/7. They are separated once a day for food to ensure they are getting a balanced diet. So far it is believed, Nikita is sleeping in his sand pit at night and Berlin takes her snooze indoors. Now, as they share Polar Bear Passage together,we shall see if the1,500 pounds of big, white,strong, independent and beautiful bears find their “love connection.”
The Kansas City Zoo, located in Swope Park, is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 816-513-5800, or visit the Zoo’s website for more information.