TOLEDO, Ohio, December 1, 2022 – The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the delivery of dual Polar bear cubs. The cubs’ mother and father are 24-year-old feminine, Crystal, and 18-year-old male, Nuka.
In March 2022, the Toledo Zoo introduced the addition of Nuka after the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program (SSP) issued a breeding advice for Crystal in hopes of mating to maintain this endangered species.
“We’re very joyful to welcome these two new cubs and increase the long-term sustainability of the species,” mentioned Michael Frushour, curator of mammals for the Toledo Zoo.
Crystal’s eighth and ninth cubs have been born on November 11, 2022, every weighing roughly two kilos. Their genders are unknown at the moment and shall be decided at their first neonatal examination, which is able to happen in February.
Crystal and the cubs are presently within the birthing den, which gives a quiet, protected place for a mom to offer delivery and lift cubs. Within the wild, this could be in a snow financial institution or aspect of a hill. Keepers and vet employees monitor the cubs by way of a digital camera that additionally picks up audio. Generally the cubs should not seen as a consequence of positioning, however they’ll nonetheless be heard nursing.
Male polar bears don’t take part within the rearing of younger; due to this fact, Nuka stays on exhibit day by day. Crystal and the cubs are estimated to make their public exhibit debut within the spring of 2023.
Within the meantime, you possibly can watch a reside feed on the Toledo Zoo’s YouTube channel of Crystal and the cubs. Dwell feed viewing is out there day by day from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The digital camera shall be off after 4 p.m., however viewers can nonetheless hear the Polar bears by the microphone.
“We’re proud to have the ability to give the neighborhood a sneak peek on the cubs in real-time earlier than they’re on exhibit. You will not wish to miss seeing the cubs in individual this spring, so we strongly encourage the acquisition or renewal of a zoo membership to take advantage of out of your visits,” mentioned Frushour.
Tune in now at https://youtu.be/kBLzb1MCJRs
Autor Andrew Bleiman