Saturday, November 16 2013 3:17 PM EST2013-11-16 20:17:33 GMT
The Kansas City Zoo's rock star is sick, so he's getting some TLC behind the scenes."Nikita is a bit under the weather so he's resting in his behind-the-scenes bedroom," said Julie Neemeyer, spokeswomanMore >
The Kansas City Zoo's rock star is sick, so Nikita is getting some TLC behind the scenes. The polar bear apparently has a tummy bug. More >
Friday, June 21 2013 5:28 PM EDT2013-06-21 21:28:35 GMT
Nikita's intestinal issues continue to keep him away from Polar Passage, but the director of the Kansas City Zoo said the polar bear is improving.The 6-year-old Nikita first displayed signs Sunday afternoonMore >
Nikita's intestinal issues continue to keep him away from Polar Passage, but the director of the Kansas City Zoo said the polar bear is improving.More >
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
It's going to be a gorgeous weekend to visit the zoo and many of you will be happy to know that Nikita the polar bear is back in his exhibit at Polar Bear Passage.
Allow him to reintroduce himself. His name is Nikita. Along with Berlin, they're two of the biggest stars at the Kansas City Zoo.
Nikita had been down for the count, sick and out of commission for over a week.
"Assessing what is ailing a 1,000-pound polar bear is not a simple task. It is a process of elimination and a collaboration of many. The Zoo's veterinary team and Zoo Keeper team provided Nikita his VIP TLC throughout his treatment," the zoo said in a statement.
Nikita is now eating, drinking and back to his 1,000-pound polar bear self after he was being treated for gastrointestinal discomfort.
"We tranquilized him, we had to get some blood off of him and, at that time, we identified that he was a little dehydrated so we put about two gallons of fluid into him and that, and the antibiotics, kind of brought him back, a little slowly, but he rebounded and he's his old Nikita self again today," Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff said.
And that's good news for Nikita and all of the people who showed up to see him starting at 9 a.m. Friday.
"He's pretty cool. He was playing with a bucket. He was rolling around with one of the barrels, splashing and stuff," Evan Lohman said.
"We came out, as a family, because we heard Nikita was all better, so we wanted to come and visit," Jessica Brooks said.
Everyone said they were happy to see the giant ball of fur, claws and teeth back to his old tricks and Wisthoff said many kids had even offered their own remedies to cure him.
"Anything from chicken soup to 7-Up, to one young person thought maybe if we took him back up to the North Pole for a couple of weeks and let him relax in the snow, that'd make him all better," he said.
The question now is if Berlin will allow her male counterpart back in - she has had the entire area to herself for over a week.
The Kansas City Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Call 816-513-5800, or visit our web site kansascityzoo.org for more information.
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Thursday, December 5 2013 6:53 PM EST2013-12-05 23:53:09 GMT
Many tuned in to watch the intense chase of a stolen FedEx truck. Now a man suspected of being behind the wheel has been charged. Relatives of 19-year-old Caleb Michael Ownby said he's never done anythingMore >
Many tuned in to watch the intense chase of a stolen FedEx truck. Now a man suspected of being behind the wheel has been charged.More >
Friday, December 6 2013 12:14 PM EST2013-12-06 17:14:29 GMT
Shawnee Mission School District maintenance crews are looking at an elementary school's heating system after a fire alarm sounded.Mill Creek Elementary School in Lenexa was evacuated as a precaution afterMore >
Mill Creek Elementary School in Lenexa was evacuated as a precaution after a fire alarm sounded Friday morning.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-12-06 01:58:45 GMT
Months after a teenage girl was killed in a crash in a stolen car and abandoned by those with her, prosecutors filed new charges against the teen accused of driving the car. At the time of the crash,More >
Months after a teenage girl was killed in a crash in a stolen car and abandoned by those with her, prosecutors filed new charges against the teen accused of driving the car.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:43 AM EST2013-12-05 13:43:23 GMT
SACRAMENTO, CA (CNN) - Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets. But these aren't just any triplets, they're extremely rare babies. They were conceived naturally without the help of fertilityMore >
Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:55 AM EST2013-12-05 14:55:20 GMT
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office considers the death of a man after a struggle in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot a homicide.The Kansas City Police Department said the medical examiner hasMore >
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office considers the death of a man after a struggle in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot a homicide. Court documents released late Wednesday afternoon say that the victim was repeatedly punched in the face after he was found in the wrong vehicle.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:37 PM EST2013-12-06 01:37:45 GMT
Randy Reed, the owner of GMC Buick dealerships around the metro, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government's Affordable Care Act so that his company's insurance plan does not have to cover theMore >
A Kansas City car dealer is challenging the federal requirement that he provide his employees with health care coverage that includes contraception. He argues it violates his religious beliefs.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:54 AM EST2013-12-05 15:54:50 GMT
Multiple police cruisers are chasing a stolen FedEx truck on highways through east Kansas City.The vehicle was reported stolen about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of E. 89th St. The chase has beenMore >
A man who stole a FedEx truck is on custody after a police chase that went from east Kansas City across the state line into a Kansas suburb.More >