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Orphaned polar bear cub getting care in Anchorage

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 1:38pm  ET

This photo provided by the Alaska Zoo and taken March 13, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska, shows Kali, an orphaned polar bear cub who is being cared for at the zoo. The cub's mother was shot in Point Lay, Alaska, on March 12 and the cub is temporarily staying at the zoo in Anchorage until it has a permanent home. (AP Photo/Courtesy the Alaska Zoo, John Gomes)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An orphaned polar cub is making its temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods says the bear's mother was killed March 12 near Point Lay on Alaska's northwest coast, but it wasn't immediately clear if the shooting was subsistence or defense related.

Woods says the man who shot the bear brought the cub to Point Lay, and it was ultimately transferred to Anchorage for care.

The cub is about 3 or 4 months old and weighs just over 18 pounds.

The bear isn't currently on display. The wildlife service will eventually place the cub somewhere else since the Alaska Zoo already has two polar bears.

Point Lay residents ask the bear be named Kali (KUL'-lee), the Inupiat name for their city.


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