Orlando, Florida: The Polar Bear cub born at marine zoological park Sea World is a girl; the process to search a name is initiated.
The cub almost three-month old is continuing to grow in size, now weighing approximately 10 kilograms and is doing well under the watchful eye of mum, Liya. “The cub has grown significantly in size and her teeth have started breaking through meaning she will soon be eating solid foods,” says Sea World Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long.
Four names have been short-listed for the public to vote, Long said the names were selected from traditional Inuit meanings and to pay homage to Liya’s Russian heritage. “This is a really exciting time for us at Sea World and we are inviting people to help us select a name for this adorable cub,” he said.
List of names:
MISHKA – Inuit for “Little Bear”
NUKKA – Inuit for “Little Sister”
ARINA – Russian for “Peace”
KATYA – Russian for “Pure”
By asking people in helping name the cub, Sea World wants to make them aware of the threats facing her wild counterparts and how they can assist in helping protect the species.
After casting the vote, guests will also go into the draw to win a family Sea World holiday including three nights’ stay at the award-winning Sea World Resort, unlimited theme park entry during their stay and a personalised Polar Bear back-of-house tour.
For more information please visit seaworld.com.au/cubcompetition
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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