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May 15, 2013

Orphaned polar bear cub arrives in Buffalo

BUFFALO —

A polar bear cub that was orphaned and rescued by a hunter in Alaska in March has arrived in Buffalo, where he will have a playmate at the city's zoo.

Kali, accompanied by a group from the Alaska Zoo, arrived at the Buffalo airport shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on a UPS flight.

Buffalo Zoo President Donna Fernandes was on hand to greet them.

In time, Kali will be introduced to the zoo's polar bear cub, Luna, a visitor favorite.

The new cub is expected to go on display next month, according to media reports.

The Buffalo Zoo is in the final stages of fundraising for a new $18 million polar bear exhibit.

Kali is expected to stay in Buffalo for about six months.

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