The Alaska Zoo just rescued a baby polar bear! Check out this article from the Associated Press, take a few moments to enjoy this wonderful video by zoo photographer John Gomes, and then read on to see what Executive Director Pat Lampi has to say about the zoo's newest orphan. (Here are a few more photos, also courtesy of John Gomes: Orphaned Polar Bear Cub.) Apparently, this baby will be on "Good Morning America" tomorrow morning, so you can say you knew her before she was famous!
The Alaska Zoo is pleased to work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and to provide temporary care for this orphaned, female polar bear cub. The Alaska Zoo already has two adult polar bears and does not have additional permanent exhibit space at this time.
AK Zoo staff has cared for 45 orphaned or injured bear cubs over the past 25 years: eight polar bears, 32 brown bears and five black bears. This polar bear cub had spent at least two days without her mother’s care in the Arctic, with temperatures dipping well below 0 degrees F.
The cub’s wellbeing is, of course, everyone’s foremost concern. She needs time to regain her health and some of the weight she lost. The polar bear cub will not be on public display any time soon. Changes to this status would be determined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, if they deem it appropriate. USF&WS will also be determining the permanent placement of the bear. AZA/Polar bear SSP officials have been contacted so that they may make their recommendations for permanent placement.
(P.S.- How jealous am I right now?? I helped raise many of the zoo's baby brown bears, but a POLAR BEAR shows up the second I leave the state! ;))
(P.P.S- John Gomes just shared another video with me! See it here first!!)