Nikita, the male polar bear at the Kansas City Zoo, continues to be treated for a gastrointestinal problem.
“As with many of our zoo animals, there isn’t any ordinary protocol for diagnosing a 1,000-pound polar bear,” Randy Wisthoff, the Kansas City Zoo’s chief executive officer and executive director, said in a statement.
“Close observation by our professional zoo keepers and zoo veterinarians along with conversations with colleagues who have worked with polar bears help determine the best course of action,” he said. “Today, Nikita continues to receive TLC and is comfortable and alert. We are doing everything possible to ensure him back to great health very soon.”
Nikita was taken off exhibit to be treated.
Meanwhile, Berlin, the zoo’s female polar bear, remains on public view.