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題名: Baby Polar Bear Is Probably Female
記者: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
発行日: January 9, 2008
It's a girl! Maybe.
Zoo officials in Nuremberg announced that Germany's new polar bear cub
is probably a female.
The cub's eyes are not yet open and its sexual organs are not completely
developed, so there's still a chance that she could be a he.
But the yet-unnamed 4-week-old cub was taken from its mother, Vera, on
Tuesday amid concerns that she could harm or even kill the newborn.
Another polar bear, Vilma, gave birth around the same time as Vera but
is believed to have killed and eaten her cubs earlier this week because
they were sick.
The controversial decision to hand raise the cub was made after Vera was
seen carrying the cub around the enclosure in her jaws looking completely
Four keepers are caring for the baby cub, who weighed in at 3.75 pounds,
feeding it high-fat milk every four hours.
The cub is lively and strong but can only crawl a little and does little
more than sleep.
It will not be returned to its mother out of fear that Vera might eat it.
The cub is the first in Germany to be handraised by its keepers since
Knut, who became a celebrity after being rescued in 2006 when his mother
He was raised by hand, much to the delight of thousands of visitors to
Berlin's zoo who avidly followed his growth from a roly-poly cub to a
Now a boisterous polar bear, Knut celebrated his first birthday on
Dec. 5, and weighs more than 265 pounds.
Vera's cub is expected to make its public debut by early April.
Unlike Knut, who was named by the Berlin zoo, Nuremberg's mayor wants to
hold a public competition to name the new cub.