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Do the Louisville Zoo's polar bears love this arctic weather?

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Qannik in the snow Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Courtesy: Louisville Zoo) Qannik in the snow Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Courtesy: Louisville Zoo)
Qannik enjoys the snow at the Glacier Run exhibit, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Courtesy: Louisville Zoo) Qannik enjoys the snow at the Glacier Run exhibit, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Courtesy: Louisville Zoo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While most of Louisville hid in their living rooms with blankets, one particular resident took the opportunity to get outside and play. 

Qannik, the 5-year-old darling of the Louisville Zoo's polar bear pair, got out in the snow to enjoy some weather she doesn't get to see much.

The young bear was found abandoned on Alaska's North Slope in 2011 and flown to Louisville to be part of the Zoo's then-newly-constructed polar bear exhibit called Glacier Run. 

She wasn't the only one though, the Zoo's 6-year-old male bear, Siku, also got some play time in the snow. 

While temperatures in the arctic can regularly reach up into the 80s, this week's snow probably reminds them of what polar bears are typically found in. Temperatures in the Arctic average -29°F in winter and 32°F in summer.

We obviously don't know exactly what Qannik and Siku think about the weather, but the folks at the Zoo do think they like it.

"[Qannik] does frolic at lot in the snow," Zoo spokesperson Kyle Shepherd said. "She just seems to be a little more playful in the snow." 

Shepherd says she's a pretty active bear in general so it's difficult to gauge if the snow makes her more energetic, but she certainly has no problem swimming in the frigid temperatures.

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