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Zoo plans romantic weekend for polar bears

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 13:24:06-05

The Buffalo Zoo is hoping sparks fly this weekend in the Arctic Edge exhibit.

The zoo says polar bears Luna and Sakari will go on their first "official date" on Saturday. The zoo is hoping the two will eventually mate.

Four year-old Sakari arrived from the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin in November and made his public debut on January 1st. He was brought here as part of a three-bear transfer recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan.

While the two bears have been interacting for several weeks, their first date will include keeper talks and "love themed" snacks.

"The two bears went through preliminary introductions, and we were pleased with the results," said general curator Malia Somerville. "They have become very found of each other and can often be seen playing and swimming together."

As part of the zoo's 'Polar Bear Days' promotion, admission is five dollars every day through the end of the month.