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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

There is good news out coming out of the Kansas City Zoo.  Nikita is feeling better.

The male polar bear has been off exhibit for a week because he was sick, but veterinarians were unable to nail down what was wrong with him.

They think he might have had a gastrointestinal bug.

"Nikita's TLC is working," zoo director Randy Wisthoff said on the zoo's Facebook page.

Wisthoff said Nikita is getting stronger and swimming more regularly in his own bedroom spa. 

The 6-year-old polar bear is also eating a bit more food.

"While some test results are still pending, we are not able to draw a conclusion to his illness," Wisthoff said.  "But we know he is further down the road to recovery. We are extremely happy for this."

The zoo's teams of professional veterinary staff and keepers are keeping very close tabs on Nikita's every action.

"He is getting the very best care possible. We appreciate everyone's well wishes and for those suggestions of gig big bowls of chicken noodle soup. If only it was that simple," Wisthoff said.

There is no word right now when Nikita will be back out on exhibit.

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