Saturday, April 19th-0.1°C
20923
21137

Meet Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub

The Toronto Zoo says the lone surviving polar bear cub of three born last month is "making progress" a month after being removed from his mother.

Aurora, one of the zoo's two female polar bears, gave birth to three male cubs on Nov. 9 but despite her efforts at nursing them, zoo staff say two did not survive the first 48 hours.

The remaining cub was taken from Aurora on Nov. 11 after staff noticed he wasn't moving as strongly as before, and he was transferred to the zoo's intensive care unit weighing less than 700 grams.

A team of veterinary and wildlife care experts have since been monitoring the cub's temperature, taking blood samples, weighing him and feeding him a special formula to help build up his strength.

The zoo says the surviving cub continues to grow stronger each day, and is becoming more active and asserting his personality by growling and calling to staff.

The cub remains in a temperature-controlled environment and enjoys seven feedings a day, each followed by an exercise session to help his growth and development.

The zoo says the cub's eyes will not open until 40 days after birth, but his coat is gradually becoming thicker and several other milestones have been passed.

He began showing his contentment by purring on Nov. 15, began crawling on Nov. 17 and rolled over for the first time on Nov. 23.

"While it still remains day-to-day with a cub so young, the team remains hopeful with this small survivor," the zoo said in an update Thursday.

The Canadian Press

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more Canada News

21638


Recent Trending





21138


21391

20791



Canada Quick Links Canada Discussion Forum
Government of Canada
Service Canada
Canada Revenue Agency
Statistics Canada
Strategis
Canada Post
Environment Canada



Member of BC Press Council


21114