Like most newborns, newborn polar bears don’t do much. Other than exude utter adorableness.
The bears are at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich. They were born on December 9, 2013.
There’s a lot more info over at the zoo Web site:
Munich’s polar bear cubs have come through the critical first few weeks well. The mortality rate for those first weeks of life is around 70 percent. The twins are now five weeks old; however their gender remains undetermined.
There are high-quality, colour videos from a surveillance camera from their birth onwards. This is a world first and is delighting polar bear fans and scientists alike, who can watch the videos online.
Both of the tiny cubs and their mother, Giovanna (7 years old), will remain protected from the outside world in Polar World’s maternity den for several more weeks. Once a week a trusted zookeeper visits to feed Giovanna some melon or salad and to check – through the bars – how the cubs are doing. Otherwise Giovanna just drinks water, as is normal for polar bear mothers in the wild during the winter months. Giovanna gets this from an automated trough.
“If everything continues to go this well, Giovanna and her babies could potentially go out to explore the tundra enclosure together where there is also a pool in mid- to late March. Then we’d at last be able to see the little darlings in the flesh,” enthused Dr. Andreas Knieriem, zoo director.
Contact with Dad, Yoghi (14 years old), will take place through the so-called cuddling fence. How Giovanna reacts to this will determine whether it will be possible to have a family get together or whether Yoghi will remain separated from his partner and their joint offspring.
Happy Sunday. I’m heading over to do Howie Kurtz’s new show on Fox in a bit. Broadcast time is 11am Eastern. Topics are Chris Christie and Hillary.