|Kali observes the world|
|Kali at maybe 8 months old|
|Baby Kali roams around the Buffalo enclosure|
After two months at the Alaska Zoo, Kali was flown to the Buffalo Zoo where he would gain a playmate of the same age, little Luna, who had been rejected by her mother Anana and raised by keepers. It would be good for both of the cubs to have someone to play with. At that time, Kali weighed 65 pounds. Luna weighed a little more, but that soon changed. Kali grew at a fast pace and soon passed Luna.
|Kali and Luna play|
Kali had experienced some trauma in his young life. Even though he had Luna to play with in Buffalo, he missed his mother, and developed a paw sucking habit to comfort himself, while making a loud motor purring noise.
Video of young Kali sucking on his paw
|Luna and Kali|
Luna and Kali stayed together for two years. During that time, the Buffalo Zoo was undertaking a huge project to replace the outmoded bear pits with a state of the art polar bear exhibit. Luna's parents had moved to other zoos. Luna and Kali, as cubs, had lesser requirements than adults, so spent a lot of time in a fenced in area with a small pool and lots of toys, and then were later moved to the tiger enclosure, where they alternated with the cats.
|Playmates teach each other important lessons|
|Kali and Luna|
|Luna and Kali|
|Luna has the toy that Kali wants|
|Young Kali was shaggier than little Luna.|
|They played endlessly, for hours and hours|
|Kali at the window|
|Kali in Buffalo, shortly after he arrived|
Shortly after Kali left, in September of 2015, the new Buffalo enclosure, Arctic Edge, opened with Luna present, and her mother Anana, who had just returned from a stay in Brookfield Zoo.
|Kali one month ago, chewing on branches|
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Kali was getting to know his enclosure, and making many new friends. His home has several pools, a sandpit for digging, an ice machine and ice pit for cooling off, grassy areas, different levels of terrain, and much to entertain a young bear.
|In Saint Louis, Kali has an ice maker and and ice pond|
|Ice to keep cool on a hot day|
|Kali notices people at the window|
Video: Kali still sucks on his tongue
|Kali dives with the bamboo in his pool|
|Love those crunchy leaves|
|Kali smelling the leaves|
|Crunching them up|
Video: Kali and the bamboo branches
|Kali's noble profile. He has a very large head.|
|Swimming on a hot August day|
|Still playing with the branches|
|Nap time on the upper shelf by the window.|
He weighs in at 1300 pounds. His head is huge. I think he is the largest polar bear I have seen in a U.S. zoo, and he is still growing. And yet, there is something of a baby about him, something vulnerable about this bear who had such a rocky start in life.