Polar bear girl cub explores her surroundings
Now that the little female cub has taken her first steps and begun to explore Hellabrunn's mothering den, peace and quiet for mum Giovanna will slowly but surely become a thing of the past.
Still somewhat wobbly on her feet, but full of enthusiasm, the little cub has been following her mum Giovanna's every step, wherever she goes, since Tuesday afternoon. And whenever mum decides to lie down and relax, the female cub likes to venture off on her own to explore her surroundings. Naturally, mum Giovanna always keeps a watchful eye on her curious offspring, patiently observing her daughter as she masters her first attempts at walking, even though with slight coordination difficulties.
Apart from the actual mothering den in which mum Giovanna has spent the last few months with her newborn, there is also a 'play corridor' that leads to a second den. The rooms are designed so that the two polar bears can move freely within them. And the little cub is now able to explore these three rooms all by herself. "For Giovanna, the real work as a polar bear mum now begins as she will have to keep an eye on the little one. But even this she will manage with no problem", says zoo director Rasem Baban.
But the cub's solo excursions are not the only challenge for Giovanna, she tolerates her little one's daily climbing attempts with remarkable calm. "We are delighted to see the day-to-day progress of the female cub and eagerly await the 24 February when Giovanna and her offspring can be seen in the outdoor enclosure for the first time," adds Rasem Baban.
Visitors can follow the day-to-day progress of the female cub via live CCTV footage displayed on a large screen in the Species Conservation Centre at Hellabrunn Zoo. Occasionally, the little one may move slightly faster than the camera can react and therefore be momentarily out of view.