|Keeper Caitlyn Bruce with Luna as a small cub. Photo by Kelly Ann Brown|
|Kali was a cute cub! Photo by John Gomes|
Luna has always been very confident and adjusted well to any situation she has been in. Kali found comfort in her and would follow her wherever she would go. They spent endless hours playing and interacting like the "kids" they were. Watching them grow was made very obvious simply by the sheer size increase that seemed to happen before our eyes. Kali went from being smaller than Luna to much MUCH larger. Something more was happening during those days though. As Kali's size increased, his self confidence did as well. He started to play and occupy himself without Luna as he became more and more independent. This was exactly what we were all hoping to see happen. After all, bears are solitary creatures. There are a few different scenarios where you might see bears together. Those include a mother with cubs, siblings that have JUST left their mother, males and females during breeding season, or a group of bears aggregating around a large food source like a whale carcass. As a rule, though, almost all adult bears would much rather live by themselves, even in captivity.
|Kali now weighs over 800 lbs! Photo by Kelly Ann Brown|
It's only natural that we all feel some sadness seeing Kali move to another zoo. After all, we watched him grow up. However, I hope that everyone also feels proud of him too. I certainly do! The growth he has shown, not just physically but in his personality and self confidence, has been more than we could have ever hoped for. He has matured so much and I'm sure will handle this new phase of his life quite well. He is on his way to becoming a big handsome adult bear and no matter where he is, will always be a part of the Buffalo family.