The 15-month-old polar bear cub flew in from the Toronto Zoo under cover of darkness after midnight and he’s in seclusion now at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
A communiqué this morning from the zoo’s boss of marketing and communication confirmed reports he’d landed.
"Hudson’s in good spirits after making the trip from Toronto. All indications are that it will be a smooth transition as he adapts to his new surroundings," Tim Sinclair-Smith, zoological operations director for the zoo said in the communiqué.
The polar bear made news this month, as the build-up to his arrival spread. As the day for the bear’s journey approached, the zoo went into lockdown, only lifting the blanket this morning, a bit, to let people know he’s now here.
Hudson, named for Hudson Bay, is the living centerpiece for the jewel in the zoo’s new crown, its highly anticipated Journey to Churchill complex set to open in 2014. It’s not likely we’ll have to wait that long for our first glimpse of the northern bruin.
Hudson is the zoo’s first polar bear since Debbie, the world’s oldest polar bear, died in 2008 at age 42.