The Buffalo Zoo has released new photographs of Luna the polar bear, who is recovering from an injury she sustained during a fall this summer.
The popular polar bear cub fractured the ankle joint in her left rear leg. The Buffalo Zoo's veterinarian, Dr. Kurt Volle, with assistance from veterinary surgeons from Sheridan Animal Hospital, performed surgeries to repair the fracture. Luna has spent the time since her fall recovering in the zoo's veterinary hospital, where vet staff could monitor her progress and restrict her movements.
Last week, Luna was returned to the holding area adjacent to the temporary exhibit space the polar bears share with the tigers. She was reintroduced to her playmate, Kali, and the two celebrated their second birthdays together with special cakes from their keepers.
The polar bear cubs are no longer the small, fluffy cubs they once were. Luna's current weight is around 440 lbs., and Kali is a whopping 770 lbs. The average adult male polar bear weighs between 800 and 1,200 lbs. Females are usually smaller, weighing between 400 and 800 lbs.
Luna will remain off exhibit until her balance and use of her hind leg are fully restored to avoid the risk of another injury.
The Buffalo Zoo's registrar, Kelly Ann Brown, took these photographs. They show the polar bears enjoying some birthday treats.