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PHOTOS: New Polar Bear Cubs at Winnipeg Zoo

October 2, 2014 2:31 PM | News

Polar Bear Cubs

Two orphaned polar bear cubs brought to the Assiniboine Park Zoo after being rescued along the Hudson Bay coastline. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has released the first photos and video of its new polar bear cubs.

The two orphaned cubs were rescued from the Hudson Bay coastline last week when their mother couldn’t be located.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship said the cubs were found in the Kaskatamagan Wildlife Management Area and wouldn’t have likely survived otherwise.

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Once the bears were examined, they were transferred to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and are currently under a 30-day quarantine period.

The siblings, one male and one female, are about 10 months old and had been spotted by helicopter along the shore of Hudson Bay, not far from a well-known denning area near York Factory last Wednesday.