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Polar Bear Cub Attacked By Mom Survives, Appears In Public (Video)

Polar Bear Cub Attacked By Mom Survives, Appears In Public (Video)

Wonderful news! A baby polar bear that was rejected by his mother has gone on public display at Toronto Zoo for the first time.

As Care2′s Cathryn Wellner reported here, last October, more than a month before they were due, three polar bear cubs slipped into the world of the Toronto Zoo. Aurora, the new mother, turned on them, devouring one and injuring the others before zoo staff could intervene. One of the survivors died.

And the other is now four months old and appears to be thriving.

Why did mom reject her babies? Experts are unsure, but being in captivity may have contributed to the attack. Wild animals in zoos are stressed due to the unnatural surroundings and crowding into a relatively small space.

The cub, yet to be named, weighed just 25 ounces at birth, and had to be fed by hand 11 times a day, but now weighs in at 37 pounds.

The next step in the bear’s development will be finding him a name. The zoo is currently accepting suggestions on its website and Facebook page.

You can see pictures of what the bear cub looks like by clicking here, or watch this video of his behavior at 3 months:

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7:14PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

awww. thanks

7:12PM PDT on May 12, 2012

I hate that any wild animals are in zoos. On the other hand, with global warming threatening the habitat for polar bears with many of them not surviving or almost starving before they finally find food, maybe zoos can be a place of refuge. It's a catch-22 in my opinion.

5:19AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Oh, he is such a cutie pie!!
It's sad that his mom rejected him and that his siblings died. But he looks like he is a healthy and happy little fella. I wish you good luck little one!!

3:51PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Such a cute baby. I'm glad that it survived.

7:33PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Gotsie!

7:53PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Although I have problems with zoos, in today's world this might be the only place where some animals will be able to survive. But zoos have to make sure that they provide the most natural habitat to the animals they can, animal specific food and good health care. Zoos moreover are for some people the only place where they can admire a wild animal.

7:21AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Apologies for error I meant to say zoos are NOT acceptable............................................

7:18AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Sorry! I was meant to say zoos should NOT be in existence anywhere in the world.

7:13AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Zoos are definately not the place for any animal, it is not normal to lock an animal up like that. Zoos are disgusting places and should be in existance anywhere in the world. Humans keep harping on about saving species by bringing them up in zoos. Why? its humans who are destroying animals natural environments with deforestation, palm tree production, so-called killing certain species for asian remedies etc etc it goes on and on. Zoos are physcologically destroying the animals natural ways of behaviour. Polar bears are particularly intelligent and its obvious this mum did not want her babies to live this way.

12:36PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

This is also happening in the wild. Polar bears seems to self-regulate their population. As their livable space shrinks (due to our over-industrialization), they do not feel their cubs have any chance at survival. It's quite sad.

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