Luna, the Buffalo Zoo’s polar bear cub who fell 14 feet into a dry moat Saturday afternoon, fractured her left rear leg, zoo officials confirmed today.
The 1½-year-old cub was walking around the edge of the top of the protective moat when, for an unknown reason, she lost her footing and fell into the moat.
She was anesthetized and carried out of the moat by zoo personnel. Then, she was taken to the zoo’s veterinary hospital where animal surgeons attached a plate to the bone.
Luna fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint, the zoo reported.
She is expected to remain off-exhibit for several weeks while her leg heals, zoo officials said.
The polar bear exhibit is temporarily housed with the tiger exhibit while a new $14 million polar bear exhibit is being constructed.
Luna and fellow cub Kali have been in the temporary location since last fall. The polar bears and tigers trade places in the exhibit area during the day to allow both to be viewed at different times.