SEA WORLD’S super cute polar bear Cub ‘Henry’ is growing up fast.
The playful and cheeky 13-month-old cub today graduated to Polar Bear Shores from Cub Kindy and Polar Pre School.
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Polar Bear Shores is sure to provide endless fun for the inquisitive Henry, with a cascading waterfall, a large 4-metre deep main pool, an array of climbing outcrops, fallen trees and shrubs.
Director of Marine Sciences at Sea World Trevor Long said the move gives him a whole new area to explore with plenty of features to keep him happy.
“This is a great moment for our Polar bear exhibit, for Sea World and for Liya, Henry’s Mum. Polar Bear Shores is a world-class exhibit. It is very unique in its size and enrichment opportunities to our bears.
“The move marks a wonderful stage in the development of Henry who has become a favourite of everyone who sees him, including all the keepers who have watched him grow from a baby. They are very excited to see his graduation.”
Henry has grown from 600 grams at birth to his current weight of 162 kilograms and Liya has started her weaning process which is important in his development. Henry still suckles from Liya about 3-4 times a day but the concentration of fat in the milk is not as high. Liya herself will make the decision when to wean Henry totally.
“Liya is 333 kg’s and she will enjoy returning to Polar Bear Shores. Liya and Henry’s daily food intake is about 20kgs and consists of red meats, fish and small amounts of fruit and vegetables.”
Henry will become a vital part of the International Polar Bear breeding program – especially given the importance of his wild genetics. Nelson, Henry’s Dad, and twin brother Hudson are also important to the Polar Bear breeding programs as they also both have wild genes.
Nelson and Hudson will be on display in Polar Pre-School when Liya and Henry are in Polar Bear Shores but they will be rotated to ensure variety.
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.