Polar Bear Cub Sees Snow for the First Time in Toronto

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A polar bear cub, the lone survivor of its litter, experiences snow for the first time at the Toronto Zoo.

Toronto Zoo Progress Report …

The Toronto Zoo is pleased to report the male polar bear cub, born on Saturday, November 9, 2013, is continuing to make great progress and reach new milestones including:

He is now able to stand on all four legs and is starting to take steps forward (see video capturing his first steps).

The cub weighs approximately 4.4 kg which is a 529% increase since his original birth weight of 700 grams.

He receives a bottle of milk six times a day but has recently been introduced to a small amount of milk formula in a dish and is learning to lap up the liquid (see video of his first sips from a dish).

His eyes have been fully open since day 35 and he is starting to focus and notice his surroundings.

He is quite active and is starting to play.

He is beginning to teethe and likes to bite objects such as his blanket. His canine teeth, incisors and some of his molars can now be felt.

He has a few whiskers and his coat is becoming thicker as he continues to grow.

He still remains in a temperature controlled environment within the Wildlife Health Centre but has been out of his incubator for the past month.

The temperature in his room has been gradually reduced, in fact an air conditioner has been installed for his comfort. He is a polar bear after all!

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