The cub — to be named via an online contest sponsored by the Zoo — had a rough start to life when his mother rejected him and two other siblings at birth. He was the only survivor from his litter. Now weighing a healthy 17 kilograms, the baby bear will live in a specially designed enclosure in the zoo’s Tundra Park before being re-introduced to his mother, father and aunt.
The cub can be seen on display now in the polar bear exhibit in the Zoo’s Tundra Park.
The winner, chosen from 40 entries, was “Knut The Dreamer” by sculptor Josef Tabachnyk, showing the snowy-white bear reclining lazily on rocks in his pen at Berlin Zoo, said the head of the Friends of the Capital Zoos, Thomas Ziolko.
“Knut will live on in the hearts of several visitors, therefore we want to create something permanent for future generations with this memorial, to capture the unique nature of this animal celebrity,” said Ziolko. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/FREUNDE DES HAUPTSTADTZOOS)
Cute Animal Photo of the Day A polar bear shakes off water from its body at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to around 15,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bear population. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)