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ROYAL OAK, MI – One of the Detroit Zoo’s polar bear cubs just frolicked in the snow for the first time and the video is adorable.
This female cub is a twin, born at the Zoo in Royal Oak on November 17, 2020 to 8-year old mother Suka and 16-year old Nuka.
The cubs, who have not been named yet, are the first polar bears to be born and successfully raised at the Detroit Zoo since 2004. Suka gave birth to cubs in 2018 and 2019, but none survived longer than a few days.
This female cub is not yet old enough to be out on her own, but the Zoo allowed her to experience snow for the first time while supervised. She recently moved out of her nursery and is now living in a larger space inside of the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex.
She weighed 1.2 pounds at two days old and just over five pounds on January 28. She now weighs 20 pounds as she has gone from drinking out of a bottle to a bowl. She will eventually weigh a possible 800 pounds. Both she and her twin are in private areas that are not viewable by Detroit Zoo guests.
Recently the Detroit Zoo announced the loss of 20-year old Anana. The female polar bear died last month while Nuka was attempting to breed her. The two bears had lived together without incident last year and Zoo officials said the tragic event was not expected. This was the first killing of one animal by another animal at the zoo since 1988.
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