This baby polar bear was born November 22 at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Kolind, Denmark. But because his mother couldn’t produce milk to feed the cub, zookeepers had to decide whether they would let the animal die or take over feeding him themselves.
It turned out to be a pretty easy decision to make. The cub weighed less than two pounds when he was born. He evidently likes what the keepers are feeding him; when they showed him off late last month, the bear was more than seven pounds and was packing on more.
Keepers named the cub Siku, which means “sea ice.” They hope the bear will make people more aware of the effects that the shrinking of polar ice has on the bears in the wild.
This adorable little cub won’t stay this size for very long. Fully grown male polar bears can stand 10 feet tall and weigh as much as 1,400 pounds. Until then, the cub is doing pretty much what all babies do: eating, sleeping and being unbearably adorable. Thanks to the Washington Post for this great kids article. It’s captivating even for us adults.
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