October 10, 2013 3:55 pm

Wild polar bear arrives at Winnipeg zoo

A polar bear that attacked a man in Churchill has safely made its way to Winnipeg.

Assiniboine Park Zoo handout

WINNIPEG — A polar bear that attacked a man in Churchill, Man., has safely made its way to Winnipeg.

Several staff members travelled to the northern town earlier this week to help bring the bear to his new home at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The animal arrived Wednesday night on an aircraft.

The two-year-old, still-unnamed wild bear is significantly smaller than the zoo’s current polar bear, Hudson. He weighs about 283 pounds, and Hudson is more than 500 pounds.

The bear attacked a man in Churchill in September.

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He wasn’t fit to be released back into the wild, so the Assiniboine Park Zoo stepped in and offered him a new home.

“The bear’s going to do great,” said Brian Joseph, director of zoological services. “Polar bears are aggressive by nature — they’re apex predators. This bear ran into a little bit of trouble with a human and so it’s not safe to leave him out there anymore, but what we’ve seen so far, up there and here, he’s going to fit in quite well.”

The cub will be in quarantine for the next month while he adapts to his new life.

He’ll eventually join Hudson in the Journey to Churchill exhibit, but in the meantime the two will live in separate enclosures.

A polar bear that attacked a man in Churchill has safely made its way to Winnipeg.

Assiniboine Park Zoo handout

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