Berlin’s polar bear cub growing fast, public debut soon

BERLIN (AP) – Berlin’s Tierpark zoo said its polar bear cub is almost ready to be introduced to visitors.

The zoo on Tuesday released new photos of the as-yet-unnamed female cub and her mother, Tonja. The bear was born on December 1 last year and weighed 8.5 kilogrammes by the time of her first medical check-up nearly two weeks ago.

Zoo Director Andreas Knieriem said that keepers are very satisfied with the cub’s development and Tonja is a good mother. The mother and daughter will probably make their first appearance in the bears’ outside enclosure — and see visitors for the first time — in mid-March.

The Tierpark has the same management as Berlin’s other zoo, which was home a decade ago to celebrity polar bear Knut.

The unnamed female cub and her mother, Tonja, at Berlin’s Tierpark zoo. – AP