It’s a girl! Berlin zoo’s baby polar bear has first checkup

BERLIN (AP) – Berlin’s Tierpark zoo said its latest baby polar bear is “a perky, strong girl”.

Keepers and vets were able to separate the 11-week old bear from mother Tonja for the first time to conduct a medical checkup, during which they also determined the cub’s sex.

The zoo said on Friday that the as yet unnamed bear weighs 8.5 kilogrammes and is 61 centimetres from head to tail.

Tonja’s last two cubs died within months of birth and keepers caution that the mortality rate for young polar bears can be quite high.

Animal doctor and zoo director Andreas Knieriem (C) and animal doctor Guenter Strauss (L) examine a little female polar bear at the zoo in Berlin, Germany. – AP