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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