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Baby Polar Bear Cuddles With Stuffed Animals

posted: 12/14/15
by: Danny Clemens

One of Columbus Zoo's newest residents just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

Now a whopping five weeks old, an unnamed female polar bear cub under the zoo's care continues to capture hearts across the world. The bear's caretakers recently released delightful footage that give us a peek into her nap time routine. Prepare yourself, because many cuddles and adorable stuffed animals are involved:

POLAR BEAR CUB UPDATE: At 5 weeks old, the polar bear cub is doing very well; she weighs a little over 4 pounds and measures 16 inches long! Both eyes have started to open as of yesterday, but they are not fully open yet. The care staff says the sound that she makes in the video is of contentment. Her motor skills are improving each day and she has started trying to stand up on all fours, especially when she's ready for her next meal! She is on six feedings a day, every four hours. The team has been evaluating her daily needs and provides care 24/7.

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, December 11, 2015

 

The cub now weighs more than 4 pounds and measures nearly a foot and a half. She is half of a duo born on November 6 to mother Aurora. Sadly, her sibling died -- not a surprise, considering that polar bears have a relatively high infant mortality rate -- but zookeepers are optimistic about the remaining cub's health.

"Both eyes have started to open as of yesterday, but they are not fully open yet. The care staff says the sound that she makes in the video is of contentment," the facility's staff writes in a Facebook post.

Related: Newborn Polar Bear Cub Gets Some TLC

"Her motor skills are improving each day and she has started trying to stand up on all fours, especially when she's ready for her next meal! She is on six feedings a day, every four hours."

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