TOLEDO, Ohio, December 1, 2022 – The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of twin Polar bear cubs. The cubs’ parents are 24-year-old female, Crystal, and 18-year-old male, Nuka.
In March 2022, the Toledo Zoo announced the addition of Nuka after the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program (SSP) issued a breeding recommendation for Crystal in hopes of mating to sustain this endangered species.
A month ago, the Zoo Rostock polar bear twins Kaja and Skadi, together with Mama Sizzel, were able to explore the large polar bear enclosure in the Polarium for the first time and now often romp around in the water.
Enjoy this clip and one yet more recent of the cubs play fighting a few days ago.
Chosen by the winner of the recent prize draw ran by the wildlife conservation charity to raise funds for Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre, the cub’s name will be Brodie, a Scottish word meaning second son.
The polar bear twins at Rostock Zoo explored the outdoor area for the first time on March 4, 2022 together with Mama Sizzel. From now on, with a bit of luck, Skadi and Kaja can also be seen by visitors.
After exploring the new facility, Skadi and Kaja need to regain their strength with some of Mother’s milk.
One lucky winner will be given the opportunity to meet and name the UK’s youngest polar bear at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, after a prize draw was launched today (3 March) to help build Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre.
Recently, two ZOO Rostock animal carers made the first (and most likely the last) quick check-up on the two little polar bears - among other things to determine the gender of the cubs. And there are two apparently very healthy girls. 7.2 and 9.3 kg, the two measure on the scale. After a short visit from her nurses, they quickly returned to Mama, Sizzel.
Rostock is looking for names for both of them and would love your suggestions!
The first brief examination of the Zoo Rostock Polar Bear Cubs took place recently. Two animal keepers weighed them and looked at the gender of the two. The check-up in the box only took about four minutes and should remain the only one if possible.
During the examination it was found that both young animals are females. The visible difference in size on the camera images from the birth cavity was also confirmed by the scales. The smaller female weighed 7.8 kg, the larger already 9.2 kg. Both cubs are fit and apparently healthy. They are already running into the neighboring boxes and are becoming more and more playful. Both are well fed and show normal development.
Zoo Rostock is now looking for names for the polar bear offspring and look forward to your help. Write your suggestions in the comments of their Instagram Post (linked below). Animal care will select four favorites from all submissions that they receive by February 9th, which they will then put to a vote.
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The latest videos from the Zoo Rostock nursery in the polarium shows that the two little polar bears born November 14, 2021 are becoming more and more agile. However, their first steps are still very clumsy. It will probably take a little longer before they can run and romp around!