A 3-month old smiling polar bear cub made its public debut at the Buffalo Zoo in western New York this week.
The cub, which currently has the nickname Luna, is still too small to play in the zoo’s exhibit but guests did get their first glimpse of the small polar bear via a closed-circuit television.
ABC reports that the cub made its debut at the zoo announced a new phase of fundraising for its polar bear exhibit. The Buffalo Zoo still needs about $4 million to complete its $18 million exhibit.
The zoo writes:
“The Buffalo Zoo is one of only two zoos in North America to have polar bear births this year. The cub was born on November 27 to mother Anana, sired by Nanuq, and has been hand raised by the Zoo’s veterinary technician and keeper staff.”
The Buffalo Zoo is hoping that the new smiling polar bear cub will bring some added interest (and money) to the polar bear exhibit. The zoo is hoping to start building the Arctic Edge exhibit this summer.
Here’s a video about Luna and the Buffalo Zoo.