|Qannik celebrates her 9th birthday by fishing out some bamboo|
from her giant cardboard "9."
Back in the winter of 2011, a tiny polar bear cub was found on Alaska's North Slope. She had become separated from her mother and sister, probably by a storm, and weighed only 15 pounds when brought to the Alaska Zoo. In late June of that year, she was flown to the Louisville Zoo, sponsored by UPS, where she found a great home at Glacier Run. She weighed about 70 pounds when she arrived.
|New toys, treats and decorations for her birthday|
No one knew her exact birthday, but the Department of Fish and Wildlife assigned her January 10 as her official birthday.
|Qannik's pumpkin treat, frozen letters spelling out Happy Birthday|
|A view showing some of the gathered fans singing Happy Birthday to Qannik|
|This disk of frozen pumpkin was a big hit with the birthday girl.|
Qannik now weighs about 500 pounds, and one of her favorite foods is pumpkin, so her keepers froze some pumpkin, and used cookie cutters to make letters to spell out "Happy Birthday Qannik."
|Fun to play with and tastes good too.|
|Qannik discovers that the letters are edible|
|Pumpkin letters with peanutbutter to hold them in place|
|Pumpkin or flags? What's next?|
|Qannik would pick up the disk and throw it into the air,|
so it would break. Clever girl.
She also had some frozen pumpkin snacks, including a big disk, which she enjoyed throwing up in the air so when it crashed down, pieces would break off.
|Like a cookie|
|See! You throw it down and it breaks apart!|
A string of paper flags were stuck to the ramp with peanutbutter, so that was another fun treat for Qannik to demolish.
|Qannik discovers the peanutbutter holding up the flags.|
|Tearing down the party favors|
|There go the flags!|
|Just paper. The good part is the peanutbutter|
|Qannik tries a taste.|
|Decorations are destroyed. What's next?|
Qannik's keepers made another sign with marshmallow fluff, peanutbutter and jelly.
|She has a new bowl toy, but was more interested in the signs.|
|Lick, lick, lick|
|Qannik's nose smells bamboo inside|
|She knocks it down|