Once upon a time there was a little rescued polar bear named Qannik, who lived in the Louisville Zoo.
|Qannik shortly after she arrived in Louisville in 2011.
|Little Qannik back in mid-2011 in Louisville.
Well, that rescued little polar bear cub is now 12 years old, and weighs 550 pounds. She is very firm in her likes and dislikes. Does not want fish, but loves pumpkin. Loves to swim and hide things in her special hidey hole. Would rather sit in a window with her fans than do anything else.
The Louisville Zoo held their annual Qannik Birthday Party on Saturday, January 7, with lots of fans and well-wishers there to sing to the birthday girl.
|Keepers prop up the number 12 with some Christmas trees
for Qannik's celebration.
The keepers had prepared some ice bombes with pumpkin chunks and apple slices. They hid more pumpkin chunks in Christmas trees and decorated tissue boxes. They set out a lovely buffet for the birthday girl, and then they opened the door so she could descend the magical ramp and make a grand entrance like the Princess she is.
|Qannik enters the "Party Zone"
Quite the sweet buffet for the birthday girl.
|Checking out the party buffet.
|Wow! Twelve years already!
Oh, some nice ice chunks!
|Where to start?
Qannik wonders where the bartender might be.
|The birthday girl can just help herself.
Blue or Pink?
|Looking for more...