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Nikita the polar bear makes his debut at the Kansas City Zoo on Aug. 7, 2010. Nikita has been selected to breed with Berlin. (2010 file / Kansas City Star)

Duluth polar bear Berlin headed to Kansas City to breed

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Talk about your December-May marriages.

Berlin, Duluth's favorite absentee polar bear, is heading to Kansas City, Mo., just as she reaches the ripe old age of 23.

It's all about love, or at least mating, zoo officials hope -- with a 6-year-old.

The age difference isn't significant to polar bears, said Peter Pruett, the Lake Superior Zoo's director of operations. Nikita, the Kansas City polar bear, is the optimal age.

Berlin is old, but not necessarily too old.

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