Two polar bear cubs born Tuesday at Columbus Zoo

POWELL, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says two polar bear cubs were born Tuesday, Nov. 8 to first-time mother Anana.

The Zoo says the cubs “appear to be strong,” and the mother bear is caring for them. Polar bears have one of the lowest reproductive rates of any mammal, the Zoo says–the survival rate for a polar bear cub during the first few weeks of life is only 50 percent.

Anana is the sister of Aurora, who gave birth to cub Nora last year. Anana’s two cubs were sired by Nanuq, a 28-year-old bear who came to the Columbus Zoo in 2012.

This means that Anana’s new cubs are both cousins and half-siblings to Nora, a beloved face in Columbus. Nora recently moved to the Oregon Zoo. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s