Gold Coast, Australia: Mishka, is the name of Polar Bear cub born at Polar Bear Shores in Sea World theme park.
Nearly 30,000 people voted in the naming-competition on the Sea World website. This name Mishka, which is Inuit and Russian for ‘Little Bear’, was chosen from a list of four names that pay homage to her mum, Liya’s Russian and dad, Hudson’s Inuit heritage.
The three-and-a-half month old cub is doing really well and is continuing to grow in size and confidence under the watchful eye of Liya.
Polar Bear Shores Supervisor, Tacha Mulligan said the team was overwhelmed by the response to the naming competition and they are thrilled with the name Mishka. “Mishka is a great name for the adorable little cub as it has heritage in both the Russian and Inuit cultures which ties in nicely to her parents Liya and Hudson,” she said.
“The cub is becoming quite the inquisitive little bear and the name Mishka really suits her personality which is starting to be displayed as she explores her home at Polar Bear Shores,” she added.
Mulligan hopes that public helping name the cub, will now also be inspired to follow her development and learn about the threats facing her wild counterparts and how people can assist in helping protect the species.
Mulligan also informed the cub is continuing to grow significantly in size and is enjoying exploring Cub Kindy where she spends her time with mum interacting with solid foods, toys and playing in the ice.
“Her strength has also developed to a stage where we expect she will make her public debut in the coming weeks, though this will be determined by mum Liya when she thinks the cub is ready,” Mulligan said.
The Polar Bears at Sea World 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.
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