The Columbus Zoo is seeing double the cuteness — and thanks to a new video, so are we!
The Ohio zoo welcomed a set of new polar bear twins on Election Day and is happy to report that the babies are doing well so far.
First time mom Anana, 9, is caring for the cubs, who appear to be strong, the zoo said in a press release. In new footage above, you can actually hear the little ones crying like healthy human babies.
Animal care staff observed both births — which took place at 3:53 p.m. and 6:52 p.m. — via a camera mounted in Anana’s den, which they’re using to continue round-the-clock observation that is critical at this time.
“Polar bear cubs are only about a pound at birth – imagine a baby about the size of a stick of butter – and we are cautiously optimistic about their survival,” Tom Stalf, president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said in a statement. “Our hope is Anana will raise her cubs but our team, who now have experience with the difficult process of rearing a tiny cub, are prepared to step in if necessary.”
The zoo said that if Anana continues to care for her cubs they will remain in a private den area away from public view until spring, giving us all something super-scrumptious to look forward to this winter.
While Anana is in mommy mode, we assume the cubs’ proud papa, 28-year-old Nanuq, is busy handing out cigars following the blessed event.
Nanuq, who came to the zoo in 2012, is the sire to all the cubs at the zoo. He is the oldest male polar bear to reproduce in a North American zoo.