Berlin, Nikita bond in heavy snow at Kansas City Zoo - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Berlin, Nikita celebrate International Polar Bear Day

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The heavy snow delighted children across the Kansas City area.

But the Midwest residents who enjoyed the snow most of all were Nikita and Berlin, the Kansas City Zoo's polar bears.

Berlin, 23, rolled around like a frisky puppy in the snow. She overcame her natural disdain for the chilly waters to take graceful swim after swim. She especially enjoyed tossing her barrel into the water and floating with it.

Nikita, 6, went swimming lap after lap before the flakes even arrived. Once they arrived, he would soak up the snowflakes sticking to his fur.

The snow seemed to bring the two polar bears closer together. Berlin, who has been bossy and standoffish at times toward Nikita, tolerated him better and let him play with her more. On Friday after the snow, the two dug out sleeping spots in the snow and took long siestas.

The Kansas City Zoo closed early Feb. 21 and was completely closed Feb. 26. But schoolchildren could watch the polar bear's antics on the Sonic Bear Cam at www.kctv5.com/nikita.

Wednesday is International Polar Bear Day.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 5:28 AM EST2018-01-23 10:28:12 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:53 PM EST2018-01-24 01:53:13 GMT

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>
  • 2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:54 PM EST2018-01-24 01:54:17 GMT

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>
  • Special counsel questions Sessions; Is Trump coming soon?

    Special counsel questions Sessions; Is Trump coming soon?

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:10 AM EST2018-01-23 15:10:44 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:51 PM EST2018-01-24 01:51:07 GMT
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. (Source: (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. (Source: (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

    More >>

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly