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Polar Bear Twin Cubs Turning One and Remain at Columbus Zoo (For Now)

Anne Evans Anne Evans Polar Bear Twin Cubs Turning One and Remain at Columbus Zoo (For Now)The twin polar bear cubs at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Photo by Grahm S. Jones.
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It’s already time to celebrate the twin polar bear cubs’ birthdays! Today, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating Neva and Nuniq, as well as their mother, Aurora, by giving them a special day full of fun.

The zoo’s other polar bear cub, Amelia Gray, turned one just a few days ago on November 8.

“Honoring these births is very special as the cubs were the only three polar bears born in a North American zoological facility in 2016,” said the zoo in a statement.

Neva jumps in for a swim. Photo by Grahm S. Jones.

Neva jumps in for a swim. Photo by Grahm S. Jones.

You may be wondering, will the cubs be relocated to another zoo like beloved Nora? Nora was moved to the Oregon Zoo in September of last year when she was about nine months old.

Currently, the the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) has not made any recommendations to move any of the cubs. The three cubs currently at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are all being cared for by their mothers.

“Nora’s situation was rather unique as she was being hand-reared by the animal care team after her mother stopped caring for her,” says Jen Fields, Director of Communications for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “The team’s goal (as well as the SSP’s) was to help her through those critical first several months and eventually pair her with another bear.”

Daily viewing of the polar bear cubs is determined by the bears.

Tune in to the Zoo’s Facebook page to watch the celebrations live at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit columbuszoo.org.

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