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Baby polar bear takes first steps at Toronto Zoo

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 8, 2014

Polar bear cub at the Toronto zooThe Toronto Zoo has shared a video of their polar bear cub taking its first steps, and no matter how much animal captivity might make you cringe, you have to admit that this little guy is overpoweringly adorable. Confession: I've watched this three times already. His eyes, which were closed for about 40 days, are newly opened to the world and according to the zoo he's started teething. The cub was born in a litter of three on November 9, 2013, though sadly the other two cubs didn't survive. The Toronto Zoo's keepers are cautiously optimistic about this cub's chances. You can watch the baby bear's clumsy, teetering first steps in the video below.

You can find more videos of the little baby bear drinking from a bottle, eating, and generally being a little ball of squee on the Toronto Zoo's site, which also touches on the zoo's connections to organizations making efforts to conserve polar bears in the wild.

Discussion

24 Comments

W. K. Lis / January 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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Too late. The polar bear swim was on January 1st.
Rick / January 8, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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I want to drink a coke now for some reason.
Evil Advertiser replying to a comment from Rick / January 8, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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muhahahahha it worked!!!

- Coke
Fig / January 8, 2014 at 01:19 pm
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This little guy is so adorable. Hope he survives.
Moss replying to a comment from Fig / January 8, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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That's what I tell all of my friends when they have newborns.
Chester / January 8, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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And now I'm stuck watching videos of baby animals all day.
:) / January 8, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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That guy is so wasted.
yes replying to a comment from Moss / January 8, 2014 at 03:56 pm
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Funniest comment of the year.
Rick / January 8, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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Too bad in a few months the thing will be an uncontrollable cyclone of terror, and eventually will want to rip the heads off its captors and consume their muscle tissue and organs as a consequence of being a different animal specie.

For those of you who dont know, the Polar Bear is one of the most aggressive animals to humans, and pretty much attacks with so much blindly-violent aggression that the only way to get out of an attack is to put a slug between its eyes.

Alex replying to a comment from Rick / January 8, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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Or show it a cellphone and run :)
Omg replying to a comment from Rick / January 8, 2014 at 04:50 pm
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Shut up Rick.
joe / January 8, 2014 at 05:43 pm
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Ya Rick, shut up.
fiddleton / January 8, 2014 at 07:05 pm
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Welcome to you life in prison, cute little bear!
honeydijonay / January 8, 2014 at 08:34 pm
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argh too many feels!
Tara / January 9, 2014 at 01:05 am
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It makes me sad that this bear is being photographed for publicity.

This polar bear cub belongs with it's mother right now, and instead it's on an office floor, performing for cameras already.
Rebecca replying to a comment from Tara / January 9, 2014 at 01:49 am
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oh, settle down.
Gabrielle / January 9, 2014 at 03:56 am
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All I could think about was... this little fella opened his eyes and was without mother, he was alone. I hope he survives and lives a long and happy life though :)
sara replying to a comment from Tara / January 9, 2014 at 08:01 am
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Because its mother was allowing it to die like its two siblings. Much like how the same polar bear killed two of her cubs previously.
Tara replying to a comment from sara / January 9, 2014 at 03:02 pm
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Mothers of all animals kill eat or abandon their young. It is a part of life and it does not make the Toronto Zoo a savior. It just shows that they are attempting to breed captive animals and have been unsuccessful. They are killing more lives than necessary. It also does not excuse using the scenario as publicity.

Don't forget the zoo impregnated her as part of a breeding program to encourage more spending and stimulate the economy. The Toronto zoo is an economical source for the city of Toronto. The zoo board, who is in charge of the animal collection is made up of Toronto city councilors.

If only the public knew what went on behind closed doors. I suggest you guys Google Toronto Zoo Board Management documents. Sometimes the board sends animals from the zoo out on "breeding loans" and literally takes animals out of their African wildlife habitat to bring to Toronto climates for zoo visitors. That to me... really sucks.
Tara replying to a comment from Rebecca / January 9, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
― Elie Wiesel
Dr. Kukko / January 10, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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What breeding program was your Ma part of Tara? Guess it wasn't really successful.
Remona / January 11, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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Its very well written; I love what youve got
to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could
connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having
one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?
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