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Help Pick Names for Winnipeg Zoo’s New Polar Bear Cubs

Help Pick Names for Winnipeg Zoo’s New Polar Bear Cubs

By Sarah Klein

Orphaned Polar Bears
Two polar bear cubs who arrived to Assiniboine Park Zoo late last year need names. Voting for the female (left) and male names is taking place on the zoo’s website. (APC / HANDOUTS)

WINNIPEG — Two orphaned polar bear cubs moved from northern Manitoba to Assiniboine Park Zoo in late 2016 need names.

The bears, one female and one male, were rescued by conservation officials after wandering away on their own. Had they stayed in Churchill, chances are slim that they would have survived the winter.

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Orphaned Male Polar Bear Cub Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

Orphaned Male Polar Bear Cub Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

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The second orphaned polar bear cub in a month has arrived at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY / HANDOUT)
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(ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A second orphaned polar bear has taken up residency at the Assiniboine Park Zoo within the past month.

The approximately one-year-old male cub was found in the Churchill area and rounded up after conservation officials failed to connect him with other female bears nearby. The bear wears 85 lbs. and wouldn’t have been able to survive the winter without guidance from its mother.

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Orphaned Female Polar Bear Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

Orphaned Female Polar Bear Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

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An orphaned female polar bear is the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newest resident. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY / HANDOUT)
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(ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — An orphaned polar bear has taken up residency at the Assiniboine Park Zoo after being brought down from Churchill, Manitoba.

Zoo officials say the female cub was identified as needing intervention and transferred to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

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Winnipeg Photographer Replicates Tundra Buggy Out of Lego

Winnipeg Photographer Replicates Tundra Buggy Out of Lego

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A Tundra Buggy replica created out of Lego by Winnipeg photographer Dan Harper is a tribute to Frontiers North Adventures. (DAN HARPER PHOTO)
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A polar bear checks out the Tundra Buggy trekker as Google maps their territory in Churchill, Manitoba. (HANDOUT)

It’s a familiar sight in Churchill, Manitoba. No, not the polar bears. The Tundra Buggy.

Winnipeg photographer Dan Harper has brought out his inner child to mimic the popular sightseeing vehicle completely out of Lego. The model is based on the vehicle Frontiers North Adventures uses to safely take tourists out on the ice to see polar bears. Harper is a commercial contract photographer for FNA.

“Like most kids I was big into Lego. I had several sets, many that stayed together, many others broken down for parts,” he said.

Harper completely built the model from scratch over the span of two months and ordered parts online from Europe, Canada, and the U.S. using websites such as BrickLink and Brick Owl.

The model began with the tires and grew from there, but had to closely resemble the vehicle on a much smaller scale.

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Zoo’s Orphaned Polar Bear Cubs Have Names

Zoo’s Orphaned Polar Bear Cubs Have Names

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One of two male polar bear cubs, who were orphaned in Churchill, now have names and are located at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)

WINNIPEG — Two orphaned male polar bear cubs, who arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo at the end of October, now have names.

York and Eli received the highest number of votes based on a donate to vote campaign, which raised $18,000 for the zoo. A total of 579 votes were cast in December as part of the efforts.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of this campaign and the names that have been selected for the cubs,” said Gary Lunsford, head of zoological operations at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

“It’s wonderful that so many people from the community were involved in selecting their names and made donations that support our ongoing polar bear rescue and conservation efforts.”

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New Polar Bear Cubs on Display at Assiniboine Park Zoo

New Polar Bear Cubs on Display at Assiniboine Park Zoo

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One of two male polar bear cubs, who were orphaned in Churchill, are now located at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)
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(ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)

WINNIPEG — Two new male polar bear cubs are now on display at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The one-year-old brothers were rescued from Churchill after becoming orphaned earlier this fall. They were in quarantine for the standard 30-day period until today, where they are now housed in the outdoor enclosure at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

“We’re very pleased with how the new cubs have adapted to life here at the Zoo. They’re happy, healthy and exploring their new surroundings,” said Janice Martin, curator at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

“They’re certainly enjoying the recent snowfall, so it’s the perfect time of year to come and visit them.”

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VIDEO: Polar Bears Predict Grey Cup Winner

VIDEO: Polar Bears Predict Grey Cup Winner

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Storm the polar bear predicts the Edmonton Eskimos to win the 103rd Grey Cup during an event at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Saturday, November 28, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)

If you had the Ottawa Redblacks pegged to win Sunday’s Grey Cup, we hate to be the bearer of bad news.

Storm the polar bear at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo has predicted the Edmonton Eskimos to win the big game. And that’s as official as you can get.

A group of bears were released into an area near the Tundra Grill restaurant Saturday morning to choose the winner. The five-year-old bear approached a cutout of an Eskimos player first and made his determination.

The Redblacks’ cardboard figurine suffered a similar fate moments later, so it may be a toss up.

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Orphaned Polar Bear Cubs Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

Orphaned Polar Bear Cubs Moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo

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One of two male polar bear cubs, who were orphaned in Churchill, are now located at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)

Two 11-month-old polar bear cubs from Churchill have been relocated to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The province says the two orphaned male cubs were found near their mother, who had been killed by a civilian attempting to scare the female and her cubs away from the entrance to a building with a cracker shell.

The bear was accidentally hit with the shell, which caused significant blood loss.

Bears of such a young age do not have survival skills on their own and typically stay with their mothers for two winters to learn how to hunt.

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Docu-Series Follows Churchill’s Polar Bear Tourism Boom

Docu-Series Follows Churchill’s Polar Bear Tourism Boom

Polar Bear Town
Polar Bear Town is produced by Merit Motion Pictures. (HANDOUT)

A new documentary series airing on OLN will give viewers a look inside the remote Manitoba community of Churchill and the migration of polar bears to the area every fall.

“Polar Bear Town” is a half-hour series featuring Kelsey Eliasson, who guides his clients amongst the majestic bears.

The show also stars “bear whisperer” Dennis Compayre — known for guiding around some of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers in the area — and Brian Ladoon, who isn’t a guide, but operates a roadside attraction where his Eskimo dog kennel attracts curious bears and cash-toting tourists.

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