Quintana, the polar bear cub, has a birthday party
On 21 November, the female polar bear cub Quintana celebrated her first birthday with a delicious ice cake and presents. The keepers set up a birthday table in the tundra enclosure and threw a fun party for the not-so-little cub: the one-year-old Quintana already tips the scales at 120 kilos.
The birthday girl was presented with an ice cake filled with watermelon and fish, garnished with cream, dates and cinnamon. The candle for the cake was created from frozen honey-cinnamon water. And of course, Quintana also received presents: a large toy buoy courtesy of a donor and a bright red traffic cone from the zookeepers. The clever Quintana knew exactly what to do with the buoy and with one shove pushed it into the water. She then tucked into the ice cake. Watermelon is Quintana's favourite food and she had fun working out how to get the pieces out of the frozen treat.
Quintana’s development in her first year of life has been optimal. She even weighs a good 30 kilos more than the polar bear twins Nela and Nobby. "You can clearly see the advantage of being an only cub,” says Bea Köhler, Head of Zoology at Hellabrunn. “From the beginning, Quintana was taller and heavier than the twins at the same age." Although Quintana can already eat normal food, she will still be nurtured by her mother until she is about two-and-a-half years old. Polar bears are omnivores: their diet comprises not only meat, but also fruits, berries and roots. And on special occasions, the polar bears at Hellabrunn Zoo receive extra treats such as dates or cream – like Quintana on her birthday.
Visitors to the zoo can meet Quintana and her mum Giovanna in the Polar World, open daily from 9:00 am - 4.30 pm.