Lyutyik photographed in 2015 (970souk / Reddit)

Name:  Lyutyik (male)

Born: 9 December 2000 in Leningradsky Zoopark, St. Petersburg, Russia

Mother: Uslada

Father: Menshikov (deceased)

Siblings:  At least fifteen other cubs born to Lyutyik’s parents survived birth.  Lyutyik’s twin sister is Liya.

Current location: Alaska Zoo, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

History of captivity:

  1. Born in captivity 9 December 2000 at Leningradsky Zoopark, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  2. Transferred to Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia 20 November 2001.
  3. Transferred to Anchorage 15 August 2006.

Progeny: None

Additional Information

Lyutyik is better known as “Louie”.

His long term companion (so far as is known they never mated and certainly produced no cubs) was Alphun who died unexpectedly of meningitis on 31 December 2017.  Cranbeary has been brought to Anchorage from Denver in the hope that she will provide companionship for Louie, but also that they may perhaps breed.  See article links below.

This polar bear has been down since his mate died. Can a bear have a broken heart? (7 February 2018) (Opens in new window)

Cranbeary arrives in Alaska (20 October 2018) (Opens in new window)

Polar bears spend first night as roommates; ‘went really well,’ AK zoo says (1 February 2019) (Opens in new window)

The video below shows Cranbeary (in the foreground, stretching) and Lyutyik in Alaska Zoo. This was posted online by the Zoo in February 2019.

Cranbeary doing polar bear yoga. Lyutyik does not appear to be impressed! Video by Zoo Director Pat Lampi.

Posted by The Alaska Zoo on Monday, 4 February 2019

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Page updated 12 August 2019

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