The six-year-old polar bear Milak has moved from Aalborg Zoo in Denmark to a new life in Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien.
"Milak is too old to be with her mother, so we had to find a new place for her. It is only natural for polar bear mothers to force out their young when they reach a certain age," says Veterinarian Katrine Christensen at Aalborg Zoo.
How to keep a polar bear calm
Not everyone can transport a large polar bear from Denmark to Canada. The bear must be awake for the entire transport and everything has to be kept very calm so the large animal does not become agitated. That is why Aalborg Zoo asks DSV to help whenever one of their animals needs to be transported safely across the globe as part of their species preservation programme.
Milak’s travels had several stages and DSV was along for all of them. First the bear was moved to a specially designed cage, and then she was driven to Amsterdam. From there she was flown to Montreal by cargo plane. Finally, a truck drove her to her new home at Zoo sauvage.
The outside of the box
Milak did not want to enter the cage as planned, so it was necessary for the veterinarian to tranquilise her so she could be carried inside the custom built metal box. When looking closely, freight forwarder Anja Bege Knudsen of DSV noticed that the box was higher than the 160 cm that would fit through the airplane hatch. The cage was quickly modified while the 280kg polar bear slept peacefully. When Milak awoke again inside the newly modified box, the transport could begin.
"We are very happy that Anja from DSV was with us for the entire journey. She made sure Milak was safe and we are impressed with her attention to detail. Overall, the service we have received from DSV with this special shipment was amazing," says Trine Hammer Jensen, Veterinarian at Aalborg Zoo.
Delivered with a red bow to her new family
Milak arrived safely in Canada with a beautiful red bow around her transport box due to the holiday season. Zoo sauvage is very grateful for the wonderful Christmas present, and Milak’s new polar bear family have welcomed the Danish immigrant as well.
About Aalborg Zoo
Aalborg Zoo opened in April 1935. The Zoo’s area covers 8 hectares, sheltering more than 1,200 animals of 138 species. The overall purpose of Aalborg Zoo is conservation of animals and the nature they live in, directly through international breeding partnerships and support to conservation projects in the wild and indirectly through the dissemination of knowledge about endangered animals.
Click here to go to the Aalborg Zoo website.
About Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien
With its 75 species, Zoo sauvage of St-Félicien (English: Wild Zoo of St-Félicien) is one of the most diversified zoos in North America and one of the largest zoos in the province of Quebec. The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation of the boreal climate and is managed by The Centre for Conservation of Boreal Biodiversity inc.
Click here to go to the Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien website.
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