Cleveland Zoo's Polar Bear Breeding In Cincinnati

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has sent its only male polar bear to Cincinnati's zoo in hopes he'll mate with two females there.

The 17-year-old Little One will be on loan to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden for at least two years. The goal is to have polar bear cubs on exhibit in Cleveland by summer 2008.

Polar bears generally breed in the spring and give birth in late fall.

The Cleveland zoo acquired its first polar bears in 1950. Seventeen cubs, including Little One and his 24-year-old sister Aurora, have been born since 1980.

The zoo's decision to send Little One to Cincinnati to breed -- and to search for a mate for Aurora -- comes as federal officials consider adding polar bears to the threatened-species list.