Zoo names popular polar bear cub after public vote

Nora (Photo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTNH)– The adorable three-month-old female polar bear cub at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium officially has a name!

The name Nora was chosen through an online public vote called “help name our polar bear cub.” The Associated Press reports the poll on the zoo’s website ended this week after more than 88,000 votes, with 115 countries represented.

The lovable cub was born on November 6th to mother Aurora, and father, Nanuq. The zoo says her name Nora is a mixture of both her parent’s names.

Nora was born a twin but sadly she was the only cub to survive, as the survival rate for polar bear cubs in their first few weeks of life is only 50%. Zoo staff stepped in to take care of Nora after her mother took long breaks in caring for her.

However, the zoo says Nora is doing very well now after receiving around-the-clock care and feedings every four hours at the Animal Hospital. Animal lovers can even watch her charming story on her YouTube channel, where her super cute videos receive thousands of views.

The zoo staff says Nora is becoming a strong willed and determined young lady. Her legs are getting stronger as she is learning to stand and walk, and she is now awake for most of the day. Her caregivers say she is even quite playful while she is learning new things.

Nora is very special to the Columbus Zoo as she is the only one of two polar bear cubs born in human care last year. The polar bear popular is declining rapidly and some scientists even believe if the warming trend continues, two-thirds of the polar bear population could disappear by 2050.

“Polar bears need our help. We are committed to doing everything we can at the Zoo, as well as supporting conservation initiatives for wild populations, to save these animals for generations to come,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf, on the zoo’s website.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is designated an Arctic Ambassador Center by Polar Bears International. To learn more about polar bear conservation, click here.

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