A polar-themed park in Harbin has issued a global ‘marriage-seeking’ bid to find mates for two of its polar bear bachelors who, let’s face it, aren’t getting any younger.
Due to an underwhelming availability of female polar bears in China, the concerned folks at Harbin Polarland in Heilongjiang province announced the bid on Valentine’s Day for the male bears who remain mateless despite their “relatively advanced age”.
The theme park has reached out to contacts in foreign zoos and international wild animal protection agencies to find mates for Tangji and Kede, whose names, as Xinhua has pointed out to its international audience (hint, hint), read as the Chinese translation of “Don Quixote” when combined.
Their keepers said that polar bears reach sexual maturity at the age of 5, and since these two are already nine and 10 years old, they’re both considered “elder bachelors”.
The once-wild bears were imported from Russia in 2006 and are among the 20 polar bears being kept in captivity in China, most of which are males.