Pittsburgh Zoo officials hope for polar bear love

December 16, 2011 2:04:07 PM PST
Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are hoping love blossoms between a male polar bear and a newly arrived female.KDKA-TV reports Thursday that Kobe (KOH'-bee), a 700-pound female, has just been put on display. She arrived weeks ago from the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Ariz.

Zoo official say Kobe is seven years old, as is Koda, a male bear already at the zoo who is considered to have just reached his "prime" mating years.

The animals are being kept in side-by-side rooms when they're not on display at alternating times in the zoo's polar bear tundra display area.

Zoo officials tell the station the bears will eventually be allowed to share space in the "hope that love grows."

Polar bears usually breed from March to June.