Saturday is International Polar Bear Day!If you haven’t heard, the Louisville Zoo welcomed a new male polar last fall. His name is Lee, he’s 20 years old and comes from the zoo in Columbus.He joins Qannik, a female polar bear, who has been there, alone, since 2016.So now that we have a male and a female … will there be love? Will we get a baby polar bear out of these two?Well, it’s hard to say. The zoo said it doesn’t know when, or even if, the two will breed. In fact, the two bears haven’t even met yet.According to Kyle Shepherd, the zoo’s media and public relations manager, for them to even have a shot at love, they’ll need a breeding recommendation from Associations of Zoos and Aquariums, Species Survival Plan and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.So don’t get your hopes up for a little polar bear cub — at least not yet.If that were to happen, it’d be the fourth for the zoo. The first was Maku in 1981. Buzz and Neil were the last polar bears born in Louisville, and that was in 1995 — more than 25 years ago!In the player below: Qannik enjoys the snow!

Saturday is International Polar Bear Day!

If you haven’t heard, the Louisville Zoo welcomed a new male polar last fall. His name is Lee, he’s 20 years old and comes from the zoo in Columbus.

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He joins Qannik, a female polar bear, who has been there, alone, since 2016.

So now that we have a male and a female … will there be love? Will we get a baby polar bear out of these two?

Well, it’s hard to say. The zoo said it doesn’t know when, or even if, the two will breed.

In fact, the two bears haven’t even met yet.

According to Kyle Shepherd, the zoo’s media and public relations manager, for them to even have a shot at love, they’ll need a breeding recommendation from Associations of Zoos and Aquariums, Species Survival Plan and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

So don’t get your hopes up for a little polar bear cub — at least not yet.

If that were to happen, it’d be the fourth for the zoo. The first was Maku in 1981. Buzz and Neil were the last polar bears born in Louisville, and that was in 1995 — more than 25 years ago!

In the player below: Qannik enjoys the snow!

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