Skooter report 06/30/11
The 5-month-old polar bear cub named Qannik abandoned by her mother in Alaska has arrived at a Kentucky zoo, Louisville, her new home in the balmy South. Qannik which means snowflake, arrived just before 1 a.m. aboard a UPS jet. Qannik was rescued in April when she was spotted alone in an oil field.
Louisville Zoo director John Walczak said Tuesday, "It's bittersweet when a cub is abandoned by her mom, but it's great that we're here to help Qannik have a great life." The cub settled down and took a nap when her flight took off from Alaska Monday, Walczak said.
Qannik was “dramatically underweight,” when she first arrived at the Alaska Zoo in April, Alaska Zoo director Pat Lampi said. But now she gained up to about 70 pounds. Her diet consisted of salmon fillets, bananas, rice and a special formula, Lampi said.
To give her time to adjust to her new environs and let the staff and veterinarians get familiar with her, Qannik will remain out of public view.
It depends on Qannik’s progress when she could be introduced to the public, Zoo officials in Louisville said.