Polar bear cubs in Gelsenkirchen, Kincraig and Winnipeg

Jan 27th, 2018 | By | Category: News from the Bear World

27.1.2018 – Sources: Zoo Gelsenkirchen, Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Assiniboine Park Zoo

The polar bear cub in Gelsenkirchen became 7 weeks old on the 24th of January. Lara and her baby are doing fine but the first 8-10 weeks are always critical. The veterinarian Pia Krawinkel is looking after the mother and the child.

The photos are screen shots from the video – that’s why they’re unsharp.

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Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig

Want to hear the latest recording of the first polar bear born in the UK for 25 years? We have now passed the 30-day mark and are growing more and more hopeful of the best possible news when Victoria emerges from her maternity den in the spring. Keepers have been keeping their distance and giving Victoria and her offspring the peace and quiet they need.

Find out more in this update from our keepers

WINNIPEG — Two orphan polar bear cubs at a Winnipeg zoo have been named Willow and Baffin.

The two cubs, a female and a male, aren’t related and were taken in by the Assiniboine Park Zoo about a month ago when their moms couldn’t be found in the Churchill, Manitoba area.

The public was invited to vote online between two names for each bear suggested by zookeepers for their relevance to Arctic geography.

Choices for the girl bear were Willow or Tundra, and Arctic or Baffin for the boy bear.

This is Willow – the female

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The names were announced today when the approximately one-year-old cubs made their first public appearance at the zoo’s polar bear conservation centre.

This is Baffin – the male

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Willow and Baffin will remain on display in both the indoor and outdoor holding areas.

The Journey to Churchill exhibit and the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre are now home to 11 bears, including the two new cubs, along with Storm, Aurora, Kaska, Blizzard, Star, Nanuq, Siku, York and Juno.

Siblings Hudson and Humphrey were transferred to the Toronto Zoo.

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  1. Auch wenn wir in Deutschland dies Jahr nur noch
    ein Bärchen haben, ist es doch tröstlich, dass in
    Schottland, Canada, Belgien oder Russland
    noch weitere Pelzknäuel heranwachsen und
    hoffentlich die kritische Zeit überleben werden!

  2. Das Video ist interessant, sie scheinen alles richtig zu machen im Zoom.
    Aber ich werde mich hüten, in Euphorie auszubrechen, nach dem Drama
    mit Fritz letztes Jahr. Wer hätte da noch gedacht, dass es der Kleine nicht
    schafft. Laras Junges sieht auf jeden Fall sehr gut, gesund und agil aus.
    Die Daumen bleiben weiter gedrückt ! 🙂

  3. Thanks Mervi
    The fingers are being crossed!

  4. Liebe Mervi,

    ja, eine verhaltener Optimismus und Vorfreude sind bei einem solch kleinen
    Bärchen immer angebracht. Zu schnell kann sich das Blatt wenden, obwohl
    die Eisbärmutter ganz abgeschirmt ist in ihrer Wurfhöhle.
    In der unwirtlichen Natur Alaskas überleben nur die stärksten Bärchen,
    das hat die Natur so vorgesehen und auf dieses genetische Programm
    haben auch die Zoos keinen Einfluss. Deshalb war die Rettung von Baby Knut
    auch ein so großartiger Erfolg.
    Glückwunsch an UK zu ihrem Nachwuchs nach so vielen Jahren
    und den geretteten Bärchen Baffin und Wilow im Assiniboine Park Zoo viel Glück!

    Danke für deine Berichte und liebe Grüße!

  5. Dear Mervi!
    I´ll keep my fingers crossed for the the little ones! May all of them grow big and strong!

    I fell head over heels in love with Willow and Baffin, they stole my heart immediately.
    What a pity they lost their mothers! I wish them a good life anyway!

    Thank you for bringing us the news and the touching pics and videos.


  6. Dear Mervi,
    I keep my fingers cross for the cubs in Gelsenkirchen and in Kincraig.
    I am glad that the young bears Willow and Baffin were saved.

  7. MERVI – I must confess, that its also sad,
    that both little bears lost their mom. But
    shure its o.k. that the bear center exists.
    Willow is a very nice name, Baffin wurde
    wohl von der Baffin Bay abgeleitet. 🙂
    Natürlich sind die Beiden entzückend!

  8. The little-one of LARA in the ZOOM-Gelsenkirchen/GERMANY is a beautiful little ‘thingie’ and looks 100% contented, healthy and ‘happy’. Let’s hope together that this impression is 100% true and wil last forever!
    I was especially happy to see LARA for once again so close and so pretty!

    The voice of the little white star in ‘HIGHLAND WILDLIFE PARK in Kincraig/SCOTLAND is as astonishing as all those voices of the tiny-ones are: again and again as fascinating as interesting to hear!

    WILLOW (girl) and BUFFIN (boy) are very cute. The ASSINEBOINE PARK&ZOO in Winnipeg/CANADA will be a good home for them to get up.

    GOOD LUCK and a healthy and happy childhood fff for all the polar bears mentioned here and everywhere, adult or tiny or adolescent!

    Thank you very much, dear MERVI, for this proof of yours to get information quite quickly and to spread it in your blogs (namely ‘KNUTITOURS’) asap! 🙂

  9. Liebe Mervi,

    schön, dass es den kleinen Eisbärchen gut geht. Wollen wir hoffen und die Daumen drücken, dass sie alle gesund bleiben und groß werden.

    Danke für die schönen Bilder.

    Liebe Grüße

  10. Liebe Mervi,
    für alle Bärchen sind die Daumen gedrückt und den beiden Kleinen in Kanada alles Gute.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K