It’s been over 15 years since the Detroit Zoo birthed polar bear cubs, but all that changed on Nov. 17, 2020. Parents Nuka and Suka welcomed two cubs (who’ve yet to be named) in a special maternity den and the babies are doing well!

The cubs were born in a special area that is private and away from other bears. It is equipped with infrared video cameras so zoo staff can keep a close eye on the growing fam.

After the birth, staff noticed the female cub in distress so she was taken to the Detroit Zoo’s Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex where she is continuing to receive care. In the mean time, mama Suka is taking great care of her male cub.

Unfortunately for zoo guests, both cubs are currently in behind-the-scenes areas and can’t be viewed at this time. You can, however, visit papa Nuka in the Arctic Ring of Life’s tundra and pack ice habitats.

It will be some time before Suka and her cubs make it to the Artic Ring of Life habitats, but the Detroit Zoo has reported that the babies have their eyes open, their teeth are coming in and they are both learning to take their first steps.

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: AndreAnita via iStock

 

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