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.