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STAFF AT THE ALASKA ZOO thought Lyutyik, the male polar bear better known as Louie, was depressed and missing his Cranbeary, left, and Lyutyik companion after his enclosure mate, Ahpun, together in their enclosure. died in late 2017. He stopped eating, drug his back legs, came down with the flu, and acted generally lethargic. Now Louie has a reason ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER to be happy again. A female bear, Cranbeary, came to Alaska from the Denver Zoo in late 2018 and spent a E X P E R I E N C E A L A S K A’ S few months being slowly introduced to her NATIVE PEOPLE new partner. In her past enclosures, Cranbeary exhibited dominant behavior and would fight back against the aggression shown by a typical male polar bear. But Louie isn’t a typical male bear; he’s always had a female companion in his enclosures and has been unusually submissive. “He was always just so gentle with (Aphun) and so sweet. He loves a good little nuzzle,” says Jill Myer, the director of development at the Alaska Zoo. When Cranbeary was first released into the same space as Louie in January, she immediately got in his face and showed her dominance, and Louie immediately backed CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF CHANGING LIVES, down. They’ve gotten along ever since. M I N D S , C O M M U N I T Y, F U T U R E , A N D P L A C E . On top of their personalities making a Experience stories from the past 10,000 years. good match, zoo staff figured the two would Summer of Performance Art with over 30 Native Summer artists of Performance demonstrating Artthroughout with over 30 Native artists demons Learn about Alaska Native values and traditions with interactive performances. be a good pair because they’re not related Tour• life-size NativeAlaska village Native sites andvalues see the Summer Learn about the subsistence Summer and traditions •demonstrations. Learn• about Tour life-size Alaska Native values and traditions and could potentially produce cubs with Native village sites • Download the ANHC App Native available villageon sites the •AppStore Download the ANHC App available on unique genetic make-ups. OPEN DAILY: Myer says now that Louie has a companopen daily: May 8, 2016 – September open 2016 May 8, 2016 – September 5, MAY5,12daily: - MID-SEPTEMBER ion he’s back to his typical self, and SCHEDULE ONLINE: Winter schedule online www.alaskanative.net Winter schedule online www.alaskanat Cranbeary also appears to be enjoying her WWW.ALASKANATIVE.NET new set up. “She is such a fun, active, interested bear. She’s so cool to watch,” Myer says. “She’s just so curious and playful. She just goes, goes, goes. Always walking around, always playing with something.” Visitors can see Cranbeary and Louie at A nonprofit organization A nonprofit organization the polar bear exhibit at the Alaska Zoo or on the zoo’s live polar bear camera at alaskazoo.org.

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