Winnipeg Zoo Welcomes Two New Polar Bear Cubs

Manitoba Conservation has confirmed that the two polar bear cubs rescued last week are now being transferred in the care of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The two 10-month-old cubs were spotted by a helicopter along the Hudson Bay coastline in the Kaskatamagan wildlife management area late last week.

Zoo spokeswoman, Laura Cabak, confirmed that the cubs have been transported to the zoo and are now in a 30-day quarantine, adding that “they’ll undergo a quarantine period to make sure that they are healthy, to give it some time for vaccinations to take effect.” She added that “then we will begin the transition process as we have with the bears that we got from the Churchill area last year,” explaining that “they’re checked for parasites and so on.” Cabak further stated that “if treatment is required then they are treated. You don’t want them to give anything to the animals in the zoo, and you don’t want them to get anything. It’s just about protecting their health and the health of the animals in the park.”

In addition to that, Cabak elucidated that there are “a number of factors” contributing to the decision regarding if and when the cubs will be viewable to the public, explaining that the bears will also have to be acclimated to their new surroundings. Cabak alleged that “they need to get used to their surroundings, to people, to noises of a zoo environment, so it’s a lot of change to them so we need to give them a chance to adjust.”

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