Polar Bear Cub Hand-Reared at Ohio Zoo After Being Abandoned by Mother

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An 8-week-old polar bear being hand-reared at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo appears to be doing well after being abandoned by her mother, zoo officials stated.

A polar bear cub being hand-reared at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio is seen in this image provided by CNN.
A polar bear cub being hand-reared at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio is seen in this image provided by CNN.

The cub’s mother stopped caring for her about a week after she was born on Nov. 6, according to staff members who decided to remove the cub from the den and hand-rear her instead, CNN reported Friday.

Video released by the zoo last week shows the cub drinking from bottles and sleeping on top of a stuffed polar bear doll.

The cub weighed a little over 6 pounds and measured a little more than 17 inches long.

Zoo officials said they were pleased with the cub’s progress, but were taking things day by day.

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