Sea World’s Baby Polar Bear - It’s a Boy!
Sea World has announced that the first ever baby Polar Bear born at the Gold Coast theme park is a boy.
The 16 week old cub has just taken the next steps towards his public début, leaving the maternity den to explore the specially modified ‘Cub Kindy’ area under the watchful eye of mum Liya.
The cub is taking all of the exciting new experiences in Cub Kindy in his little stride, including playing in shaved ice, rolling in the bark filled dig pit and taking his first swim in the paddling pool.
Sea World’s Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long said that the cub is doing really well and is becoming more and more inquisitive and playful each day, with Cub Kindy being a key part of this growth.
“We knew the importance of Cub Kindy, so careful planning went into the preparation of the area to ensure the development needs of the cub were able to be met.
“Cub Kindy has been vital to introduce the cub to different substrates or ground surfaces like bark and shaved ice.
“The first time to cub saw shaved ice, he was a little nervous, but after watching mum digging in the ice he just loved it, running about and being very playful and cheeky.
“One of the next key stages for him is to become a confident swimmer, so we modified the pool in Cub Kindy to create a shallow paddling pool for him to learn how to swim.
“Liya has been a wonderful teacher, gently encouraging him into the pool each day as we gradually raised the level of water.
“He actually took his first proper swim this week and appears to be well on the way to becoming a little water baby, which is an important skill that all baby Polar bears must learn.
“The cub has also been introduced to his first toys in Cub Kindy and he’s taken a real shine to a large red ball, pouncing on it and grabbing it with all four paws and rolling around with it,” he said.
The cub it expected to make his public début later this month, though this will be determined by mum Liya when she thinks the cub is ready. However, visitors to Sea World can see the cub in Cub Kindy on the ‘Cub Cam’ monitors at Polar Bear Shores or on the Sea World website.
Although today is Father’s Day, the cub’s dad Nelson has been enjoying a relaxing sleep-in, leaving all of the cub rearing to mum Liya. Nelson will not meet his son for several years, if ever, due to the risk that he may harm the cub as sometimes observed in the wild.
A naming competition for the cub will commence soon. Stay tuned to the Sea World Facebook page - ‘Sea World - Gold Coast, Australia’.
Polar Bear Shores is the only exhibit in Australia where guests can see the world's largest land carnivore up close, and one that provides a unique educational experience that assists the conservation effort of this perfectly adapted marine mammal through wider public awareness.
Sea World’s Polar Bears are ambassadors for their species and play a vital role in raising awareness of the effects of global warming. Current research indicates that Polar Bear numbers in the wild are declining, with 20,000 – 25,000 bears remaining worldwide.
The best way to see the baby Polar Bear is with a VIP Pass and if you purchase between 2 September and 30 September 2013, you’ll receive a free upgrade to the VIP Gold Pass. That’s unlimited entry to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast until 30 June 2014 as well as a free entry into Movie World’s Fright Nights and White Christmas events for only $99.99. For more information on Sea World Gold Coast visit the website or to purchase tickets, visit ThemeParks.com.au or call 133 FUN.