The piece of ice slowly drifted away from the area the polar bear identified as home. 

He comprehended the fact he might not see his family again, reminded himself he was about to go on a journey of a lifetime around the world to places he had never observed. He would make countless memories and would be able to tell the tale of his travels as soon as he was back home. 

For now, he had to wait to see the places ocean currents would take him and as the sun graciously sank behind the horizon, he slowly dozed off.