The Toronto Zoo needs your help in naming its polar bear cub! The staff have selected their top six names, and you can vote for your favorite at their website.
Vote here >
Here’s a video of the little cub playing in his outdoor den for the first time:
UPDATE: After 14,000 votes, the winning name was Humphrey!
Watch a video of a polar bear cub taking his first steps at the Toronto Zoo.
The cub was born on November 9, 2013 and is making great progress. His achievements include:
- Standing on all four legs and taking steps forward.
- Learning to lap up milk formula from a dish
- Teething – his canines, incisors, and some of his molars can now be felt. He likes to bite objects like his blanket.
- Playing – he is quite active, and he is interacting with his surroundings.
- Gaining weight – he currently weighs about 4.5 kg, which is a 529% increase since his original birth weight of 700 grams.
Learn more at the Toronto Zoo website.
Meet our featured animal: the polar bear!
Here are five fun facts about polar bears:
- Although they appear white or yellow in color, polar bears’ fur is actually clear and hollow, and their skin is black.
- Two coats of fur and a thick layer of blubber help insulate the polar bear’s body from the cold, keeping its temperature at an even 37° C (98.6° F).
- Polar bears’ paws are especially adapted for walking on the ice and swimming in the sea. Hairs and bumps on the soles of their feet provide traction, while webbing between their toes allows for effective swimming strokes.
- Polar bears can smell a seal’s breathing hole, or aglu, up to one mile away.
- Polar bears do not hibernate like other bears, but females do enter into a dormant state while pregnant.
Learn more at our polar bear facts page!