Kali Arrives in Buffalo

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - His name is Kali and he is making the Buffalo Zoo his home, at least for now. He is also causing quite a stir in the Queen City.

Anticipation filled the air at the Buffalo Niagara Airport as the Polar Bear Cub was escorted off the plane around 5:15 a.m.

"Kali has arrived safely in Buffalo," President and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo Donna Fernandas said.

Veterinarian Dr. Kurt Volle said he is impressed with the animal's demeanor.

"You never know what you are going to get when you transport an animal but she did very well for us," Volle said.

Kali traveled from his home in Alaska to the Queen city. The Buffalo Zoo was chosen to be the five-month-old cub's temporary home.

"For the first week we will be introducing him to his new environment. Then, we will introduce him to the exhibit you see behind me," Fernandas said.

This cub is an orphan and was rescued by an Alaskan hunter. The zoo there did not have room to keep the rapidly growing animal. Kali tripled his size in just five short months, weighing in at about 65 pounds.

Kali now joins celebrity cub Luna at the Buffalo Zoo. Officials said this is the perfect place for both animals as they plan to build an Arctic Exhibit. Luna has already helped raised about a million dollars to build the new project. Zoo officials are predicting Kali will just add to the exhibits popularity.

Zoo-goers will not get a glimpse of Kali just yet. Zoo officials said they want him to get acquainted with Luna and his new surrounds before exposing him to the public. They said the big reveal will be at the end of the month or beginning of June.