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Kali, the polar bear, now at new home at St. Louis Zoo

See you in St. Louis, Kali.

The male polar bear who came to the Buffalo Zoo as a cub and was a playmate to fellow polar bear cub Luna, arrived safely at the Saint Louis Zoo, that zoo’s officials said Friday.

Kali, now 2 ½ years old and weighing 850 pounds, was transported May 5 from Rochester – via FedEx.

Kali is not currently on view and will make his public debut when the exhibit opens on June 6, after a 30-day quarantine period.

“Kali arrived safe and sound and is adjusting nicely to his new surroundings,” said Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Mammals/Carnivores Steve Bircher in a statement.

St. Louis zoo officials described Kali’s new home as a 40,000-square-foot habitat that offers visitors a 22-foot viewing window, where the polar bear can come right up to the glass to greet guests. The sea water area features a 1,000-square-foot Arctic room with a four-panel viewing wall.