Suka the Polar Bear has recently given birth to twin cubs at the Detroit Zoo! This is amazing news, not only because polar bears are declined out in the wild, but because Suka has had two lost pregnancies in the past and this time she finally welcoming twins!
ZooBorns has some updates about the new mama and new cubs, "The cubs were born in a specially-designed, private maternity den away from the other bears. It is equipped with infrared video cameras that allow staff to monitor the mother and cubs without disturbing them. On November 19, it was observed that one of the cubs was becoming inactive and appeared to be weak. The staff allowed Suka out of the den so that the weak cub could be retrieved.
The cub, a female, was taken to the Detroit Zoo's Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex where she was examined by veterinarians and given fluids and formula. She has continued to receive around-the-clock care and bottle feeding. At two days old, she weighed 556 grams (1.2 pounds). Today, she is 5.12 kilograms (11.3 pounds), and she has graduated from an incubator to a "playpen". She will eventually go back to live in the Arctic Ring of Life habitat. It is not yet known if she can be reunited with her mother and sibling, but eventually, she will live with other bears. Meanwhile, we continue to monitor Suka and the cub she is caring for. She has been a very attentive mom; continuously nursing, grooming, and cuddling her cub, with only short water and bathroom breaks. Both cubs are currently in private, behind-the-scenes areas and are not viewable by guests."
We pray that this newborn cub is healthy and living a long happy life alongside her mom and sibling!