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Second Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Arriving to Winnipeg Zoo

November 19, 2013 3:28 PM | News



The Assiniboine Park Zoo is getting a second orphaned polar bear cub from Churchill, just weeks after receiving Aurora.

The 11-month-old female cub was found after its mother was shot during a search for a bear that attacked two people in the northern Manitoba community.

The bear is arriving in Winnipeg tonight and will be relocated to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC).

“Providing this cub a second chance at life in the IPBCC is the best possible outcome in this situation,” said James Duncan, director, Wildlife Branch, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. “I am reassured that, in addition to receiving the best possible care, the cub will be able to interact socially with others of its kind in a world-class facility.”

The IPBCC is now home to four bears — two males and two females. The newest bear will undergo the standard 30-day quarantine period before being introduced to the public.