The Polar Bear cub born at Sea World nearly two months ago is getting bigger.
Carers say he is well on his way to taking his first steps inside the den at Polar Bear Shores, under the watchful eye of proud mum Liya of course.
In preparation for the cub coming out of the den, the Sea World team’s started cub-proofing the Polar Pre-School exhibit by filling in the large pool and adding items that will help him learn.
Sea World Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long said this is a great milestone and although we don’t know the gender yet, the cub is starting to develop its own personality.
“The cub has grown significantly in size and has started taking its first wobbly steps meaning it won’t be too long until it’s ready to explore the world outside of the den,” he said.
“It is an exciting time for our team as we begin to get a first glimpse into the cub’s personality with the little one starting to interact with mum Liya outside of feeding and sleeping.
“The team have also cub-proofed Polar Pre-School in preparation for the cub’s upcoming public debut with the exhibit set to include a small pool for the cub to learn to swim as it explores its new environment.”
The Polar Bears at Sea World 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.