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Ohio zoo's polar bear moves to Chicago to find romance

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  • In this April 18, 2007, photo, a female polar bear cub, born at the Toledo Zoo in November 2006, passes underneath her mother, Nan, during her unveiling to the media at the zoo in Toledo, Ohio. Brookfield Zoo is hoping their new female polar bear Nan is a match with the suburban Chicago zoo's male polar bear Hudson. The Chicago Zoological Society said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, that Nan arrived in earlier February after spending the last 16 years at the Toledo Zoo. (Dave Zapotosky/The Blade via AP)

    In this April 18, 2007, photo, a female polar bear cub, born at the Toledo Zoo in November 2006, passes underneath her mother, Nan, during her unveiling to the media at the zoo in Toledo, Ohio. Brookfield Zoo is hoping their new female polar bear Nan is a match with the suburban Chicago zoo's male polar bear Hudson. The Chicago Zoological Society said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, that Nan arrived in earlier February after spending the last 16 years at the Toledo Zoo. (Dave Zapotosky/The Blade via AP)
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  • In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society Nan, a female polar bear shakes off water after a swim in her public debut at the Brookfield Zoo's Great Bear Wilderness habitat in Brookfield, Ill. Nan arrived at Brookfield Zoo earlier this month after spending the last 16 years at Toledo Zoo in Ohio. The zoo is hoping Nan is a match with the suburban Chicago zoo's male polar bear Hudson and will be breeding partners. (Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society via AP)

    In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society Nan, a female polar bear shakes off water after a swim in her public debut at the Brookfield Zoo's Great Bear Wilderness habitat in Brookfield, Ill. Nan arrived at Brookfield Zoo earlier this month after spending the last 16 years at Toledo Zoo in Ohio. The zoo is hoping Nan is a match with the suburban Chicago zoo's male polar bear Hudson and will be breeding partners. (Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society via AP)
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TOLEDO, Ohio -- An Ohio zoo's polar bear is off to Chicago to find love.

The Toledo Zoo says its 21-year-old female bear named Nan has been moved to the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago to see if she will breed with the zoo's male bear.

Nan moved into her new home this week where she's separated by a fence from her potential mate named Hudson.

The Brookfield Zoo says the bears will spend a little time getting to know each other before moving in together.

The move was arranged by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its polar bear species survival program.

Keepers at the Toledo Zoo say Nan is genetically important because she was born in the wild and discovered as an orphan cub near Barrow, Alaska.

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