Canada: Polar Bear Cup Takes First Steps

By: Handout/CBS
By: Handout/CBS

A polar bear cub is showing off his stride this week at the Toronto Zoo. One of the newest additions to the zoo took his first steps on Monday, January 6th. These steps are a big deal for this little guy because his journey from day 1 has not been an easy one.

The unnamed cub was born to mother, Aurora, one of the Toronto Zoo's two female polar bears. Aurora had given birth to three male cubs but, despite showing perfect maternal instincts, including nursing the cubs shortly after their birth, two of the three cubs did not survive the first 48 hours.

After monitoring Aurora and the remaining cub round the clock for a couple of days the staff observed the lone cub no longer moving as strongly as before and he was transferred to the zoo's intensive care unit in the Wildlife Health Center. The goal was to get his weight up and help him thrive for the first 3 critical months of his life.

With 7 feedings a day and constant monitoring, the cub started to show signs of development. His coat got thicker, he began to gain weight, and became stronger each day. Now it seems he is officially out of danger.

The Toronto Zoo plans to hold a naming contest for the bear next month (February ).

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