DSV has shipped a 280kg Polar Bear called Milak over the Atlantic Ocean to a new life and new home in Canada.

The six-year-old polar bear Milak has moved from Aalborg Zoo in Denmark to a new life in Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien.

“Milak was too old to be with her mother, so we had to find a new place for her. It is only natural for polar bear mothers to force out their young when they reach a certain age,” says Veterinarian Katrine Christensen at Aalborg Zoo.

How does a polar bear keep its cool?
“Not everyone can ship a large polar bear from Denmark to Canada. The bear must be awake for the entire shipment and everything has to be kept very calm so the large animal does not become agitated. That is why Aalborg Zoo asks DSV to help whenever one of their animals needs to be shipped safely across the globe as part of their species preservation programme.

Milak’s travels had several stages and DSV was along for all of them. First, the bear was moved to a specially designed cage, and then she was driven to Amsterdam. From there, she was flown to Montreal by cargo plane. Finally, a truck drove her to her new home at Zoo Sauvage.

Thinking out of the box
Milak did not want to enter the cage as planned, so it was necessary for the veterinarian to tranquilise her so she could be carried inside the custom-built metal box. When looking closely, freight forwarder Anja Bege Knudsen of DSV noticed that the box was higher than the 160 cm that would fit through the airplane hatch. The cage was quickly modified while the 280 kg polar bear slept peacefully. When Milak awoke inside the newly modified box, the transport could begin.

“We are very happy that Anja from DSV was with us for the entire journey. She made sure Milak was safe and we were impressed with her attention to detail. Overall, the service we have received from DSV with this special shipment was amazing.” Trine Hammer Jensen, Veterinarian at Aalborg Zoo.

Milak arrived safely in Canada with a beautiful red bow around her transport box. Zoo Sauvage was very grateful for the wonderful present, and Milak’s new polar bear family have welcomed the Danish immigrant as well.”

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