A few weeks ago, the Columbus Zoo released a nationwide poll to help name their three-month-old polar bear cub. Well, the votes are in, and this adorable bundle of fur’s name is Nora.
Nora’s name is a blending of her parent’s names, Aurora and Nanuq. The female cub was born on November 6, 2015. Zoo staff hoped her mother would raise her, but Aurora began leaving the fragile cub for prolonged periods of time. Staff at the Columbus Zoo decided to intervene and hand raise Nora.
Now three months old, Nora weighs around 18 pounds. She continues to grow and reach important milestones such as learning to run and swim. “While she does possess some of her infant qualities, she is starting to become independent and play with her new, big bear enrichment items,” said Shannon Morarity, assistant curator at the Columbus Zoo.
In the wild, polar bears are found in the circumpolar north including Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway, and Greenland. Their populations are declining due to the disappearance of sea ice. Nora’s birth drew a lot of international attention, helping to raise awareness for the plight of polar bears. As she grows, she will continue to act as an ambassador for her species.