This polar bear is so beautiful he looks like a sculpture in Kansas Zoo

  • Nikita the polar bear pictured splashing about in pool in stunning photos
  • Huge 1,000lb animal shown hurling himself into the water backwards
  • Appeared to be showing off for his mate, Berlin, as she looked on

By Sam Adams

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This huge polar bear resembles a finely carved statue as he is captured hurling himself backwards into a pool in this stunning photograph.

The 1,000lb predator launched himself acrobatically into the air before crashing down into the water with his giant paws outstretched.

Named Nikita, the seven-year-old animal was pictured by photographer Jeff Rumans in a variety of poses as he larked around in his pool in Kansas Zoo.

Beauty: Nikita the polar bear shows off his acrobatic skills as he hurls himself backwards into the water at Kansas Zoo

Beauty: Nikita the polar bear shows off his acrobatic skills as he hurls himself backwards into the water at Kansas Zoo

Power: The seven-year-old male polar bear splashed around in his exhibit and blew bubbles while posing underwater for photographer Jeff Rumans

Power: The seven-year-old male polar bear splashed around in his exhibit and blew bubbles while posing underwater for photographer Jeff Rumans

Posing: In another picture, he flaps his powerful paws into the air as he appears to swim backstroke through the water

Posing: In another picture, he flaps his powerful paws into the air as he appears to swim backstroke through the water

The animal appeared to be showing off for his mate, Berlin, as she looked on from the side of the pool.

In one of the remarkable underwater shots Nikita is pictured blowing bubbles from his nose while staring at the camera.

 

In another, he flaps his powerful paws into the air as he appears to swim backstroke through the water.

The bear is later pictured drying off by the side of the pool as he took a break from his splashing antics.

Polar bears are native to the Arctic Circle and surrounding seas and land masses. The bear is the world's largest land-based carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the Kodiak bear.

They have excellent swimming skills which are necessary to help them hunt seals - their main prey in the wild.

Impressed: Nikita's female companion, Berlin, watches on while he splashes around in the pool

Impressed: Nikita's female companion, Berlin, watches on while he splashes around in the pool

Drying out: The 1,000lb polar bear dries out after his eye catching antics in the water

Drying out: The 1,000lb polar bear dries out after his eye catching antics in the water

 

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2nd time posting: This is the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, MISSOURI.... at least get the basic fact correct....

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I think this article is incorrect? Im pretty sure Nikita is the female and Berlin is the new male. my wife and i went a year ago or so and all they had was a female named nikita and recently they got a male named Berlin..... huge typo from dailymail?

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Berlin is not serious! Nikita has got serious moves! the guy has got game! what is she waiting for? Sorry, what's wrong with the water again,ORB8? I don't see any rubbish in the water.

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grizzlies and koalas etc...but i beg you DM...polar bears a big no-no. - Mailmale , North West England, United Kingdom, 03/4/2013 16:53 Dear Mailmale, whilst I agree with you wholeheartedly about the show off polar bears (who do they think they are?) I do have to take umbrage at your remarks about Koalas. Koalas lovely animals that they are, are not bears! May I suggest that we showcase the humble and ever dependable Wombat in their place?

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Oh yes this is great its always good when animals perform stereotypic behaviour because they are kept in the wrong environment in zoos

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The water he's in is disgusting! What are the keepers actually doing there?

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- Mailmale , North West England, United Kingdom, 03/4/2013 16:53>>>>Brilliant funny post at least I take it, that it was done in fun.

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What a shame that he was not photographed in his natural environment SassiWillow , Kent, 03/4/2013 18:09 Judging from the pictures, this is a very happy polar bear. He'd probably be starving if he were still in wild. Polar bears today face great challenges from environmental change.

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What a shame that he was not photographed in his natural environment

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I fear the water might need changing...........

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