The Kansas City Zoo says there was a bit of a milestone today. Nikita and Berlin met and seemed to get along just like a couple of polar bears might.
Nikita, a male, has been a top draw at the zoo for a few years. Berlin, a female, came to the zoo recently from Minnesota. Today zookeepers put them side by side, but separated, in Polar Bear Passage. Zookeepers, veterinarians and other staff watched to see how the two reacted to each other and then decided to eliminate the barrier between them.
“As the two bears physically checked out each other, Zoo Keepers and Veterinarians were close by keeping a watchful eye,” the zoo said in a press release this morning. “All interactions were as expected – sniffing, huffing, grunting and a bit of ‘polar bear dancing.’ Again, Berlin’s laid-back personality combined with young Nikita’s teenage attitude created a good balance.”
If everything works out, the zoo says, Nikita and Berlin will be on display together daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
And romance? The zoo says that’s possible, too.
Kansas City Zoo: www.kansascityzoo.org