Ewa and Wilbär are parents now!

Dec 9th, 2020 | By | Category: Orsa

9.12.2020 – Source: Press release from Orsa Predator Center, Photos by Mervi

It’s been a long waiting but now there’s a newborn polar bear cub in Orsa! On Thursday the 3rd of December the keepers heard screaming from Ewa’s den and realized that the ‘miracle’ had happened!

Ewa and Wilbär in the Winter time


– The birth of a polar bear cub is always a triumph for an animal park and the species. During many years we’ve made lots of efforts for succesful breeding in our park, the zoo director Pernilla Thalin says.

Ewa in the Summer time

Ewa has been lying down having lots of rest lately. She has also been ‘making a bed’ of the straw in the den.

– We immediately understood what has happened when we heard the screaming, Pernilla Thalin says. With help of a webcam we’re following the mother and her baby all the time.

– Because polar bear cubs are so tiny and fragile we are, of course, nervous but also very hopefull. It’s amazing to see how Ewa who weighs about 320 kilograms is taking care of the small baby weighing only about ½ kilo! It’s really an experience above all other experiences!

– We are very well aware of the risks for newborn cubs but we sincerely hope Ewa’s and Wilbär’s baby will make it. The next few weeks will be important.

The proud parents




– Ewa is a mother for the first time but she has already shown she’s a good mother. The keepers have witnessed that the baby eats and sleeps with the mother – and that it also makes lots of noise!

– It’s very important that Ewa and her cubbie get as much peace and quiet as possible. We follow them via our webcamera to keep us updated of how things are going in the den.

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  1. Such good news about Ewa and Wilbär. I hope everything goes well with the little one this year. Orsa Bear Park has waited a long time for this.

  2. Dear Mervi
    This is great news for Orsa.
    Eva is a lovely bear and it is excellent that
    she is already mothering the cub.

  3. Dear Mervi!
    This is a great news from Orsa! I wish Ewa and her baby all the best.

  4. Dear Mervi!
    What great news from Orsa! Congratulations on the first baby from Ewa and Wilbär!
    I´m keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well and the little one grows and prospers.
    All the best for mother and child!


  5. Na, das hat gedauert.
    Besser spät, als nie ! 🙂
    Wie wir wissen, heißt es
    jetzt Daumen drücken,
    denn da kann noch viel
    schief gehen in den
    nächsten Wochen.
    Good luck Ewa &
    Wilbärle ! 😀

  6. Was für eine schöne Neuigkeit! Ich wünsche den beiden und ihrem Kleinen alles, alles Gute.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  7. I join in Pernilla Thalin’s wish.

    I hope as well that Ewa’s and Wilbär’s baby will make it! GOOD LUCK, patience and trust!

    It’s wonderful to get those news of the Swedish-Schwäbisch couple. Thank you very much, dear Mervi and and thanks your correspondents in Orsa to having brought these news and YOUR and VESA’s beautiful photos from earlier times from EWA and WILBÄR!

    After the most risky time it will be most interesting to think about an appropriate, very nice and short name of the new born . . .

  8. Dear Mervi

    What nice news. All the best for mummy Ewa and her little one.

    My congratulations also go to the zoo. He will be confirmed and rewarded for his good work.

    Dear Wilbär, I wish you all the best for his birthday today!


  9. Ich freu mich dolle und alles Liebe und Gute für die Drei!

    LG Brigitte

  10. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    Best wishes to Ewa, Wilbaer and their baby.

  11. dear Mervi,
    thank you for this wonderful news from Orsa, I send many good wishes to the proud parents and their lovely cub, all the best for the whole family
    dear greetings