Nikita was named after a Russian polar bear researcher. He was born on November 21, 2006, at the Toledo Zoo.
He currently weighs over 1000 pounds. Nikita eats about 16 pounds of fish (herring, capelin and trout), 5 pounds of dog food and 1 ½ pounds of lard each day.
He receives other food like fruits and vegetables as treats and rewards as part of his training.