Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Second Polar Bear Orphan at Winnipeg Zoo; Late Freeze-Up Causing Problems

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Second Polar Bear Orphan at Winnipeg Zoo; Late Freeze-Up Causing Problems

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Second polar bear orphan at Winnipeg zoo

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WINNIPEG - The Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg has taken in a second orphaned polar bear cub that was seen wandering alone in the Churchill area.

Another orphan was flown to the zoo's polar bear conservancy centre from northern Manitoba in late November.

Conservation head Stephen Petersen says the formation of sea ice on Hudson Bay was very late this year, which has put enormous pressure on Churchill's polar bears.

The latest cub, a male, is about one year old and weighs just 39 kilograms -- the lightest orphan the polar bear centre has received.

Wildlife officers tried to hook up the young bear with females in the area as cubs need to stay with their mothers for at least one winter to learn how to hunt. …

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