There’s nothing cuter than a baby. After seeing footage of Sea World’s new baby polar bear, I’d go as far as saying that there’s nothing cuter than a baby polar bear. Well, seeing this baby polar bear play with a rubber ball on ice is way up there on my list of cute sights.
Here’s a glimpse of the 16-week-old cub exploring the ‘Cub Kindy’ area at Sea World on the Gold Coast by playing in shaved ice, rolling in the bark-filled dig pit and taking his first swim in the paddling pool. All under the watchful eye of mum, Liya, of course. You’ll just love this video:
The pool has been modified to create a shallow paddling area for the cub to learn how to swim. The cutey has taken his first proper swim this week and is well on the way to becoming a water baby, an important skill all baby Polar bears need to have.
Also in the ‘Cub Kindy’ area are some toys and according to Sea World staff, the little bear has taken a shine to a large red ball, pouncing on it and grabbing it with all four paws and rolling around with it.
The cub it expected to make his public début later this month. For now, visitors to Sea World can see the cub in Cub Kindy on the ‘Cub Cam’ monitors at Polar Bear Shores or on the Sea World website.
Although today is Father’s Day, the cub’s dad Nelson has been enjoying a relaxing sleep-in, leaving all of the cub rearing to mum Liya. Nelson will not meet his son for several years, if ever, due to the risk that he may harm the cub as sometimes observed in the wild.
I visited Polar Bear Shores for the first time recently, not long before the cub was born, and was enthralled with the antics of male polar bear, Hudson.
Polar Bear Shores is the only exhibit in Australia where you can see the world’s largest land carnivore up close. It’s entertaining to watch a polar bear.
I knew they were big but, to be honest, my jaw dropped when I viewed Hudson floating in the pool through floor-to-ceiling glass. The exhibit is also educational and aims to raise awareness of the plight of the polar bear.
Sea World’s Polar Bears are ambassadors for their species and play a vital role in raising awareness of the effects of global warming.
Current research indicates that Polar Bear numbers in the wild are declining, with 20,000 – 25,000 bears remaining worldwide.
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