Featured Image Credit: Renee Null/ Sea World Gold Coast Australia
Sea World Gold Coast Australia was excited to announce the birth of a polar bear cub born at the world-class Polar Bear Shores exhibit nearly three-months ago. Now, they are excited to confirm the gender of the baby and want the public’s help in choosing a name for her!
The nearly three-month-old-cub is getting bigger and bigger every single day. With teeth poking through and weighing in at approximately 10 kilograms, the baby is doing just fine under the watchful eye of mama bear, Liya. We even got to watch her very first steps!
The team at Sea world is on the hunt for finding the best name to her to suit her growing personality. The list consists of four unique names to choose from. Director of Marine Sciences at Sea World, Trevor Long, said the names were selected from traditional Inuit meanings and pay homage to Liya’s Russian heritage.
Here are the list of names to choose from:
MISHKA – Inuit for “Little Bear”
NUKKA – Inuit for “Little Sister”
ARINA – Russian for “Peace”
KATYA – Russian for “Pure”
Guests who cast their vote will also be entered into a drawing to win a family Sea World holiday including a three-night-stay at the award winning Sea World resort, unlimited theme park entry during their stay and a personalized polar bear back-of-the-house tour. For more information and to cast your vote, click here!
“This is a really exciting time for us at Sea World and we are inviting people tp help us select a name for this adorable cub, said Long. “We hope that if people can make a connection with the cub by helping name her, they will be inspired to learn about the threats facing her wild counterparts and how they can assist in helping protect the species.”
The polar bears at Sea World are ambassadors for their species and play a vital role in raising awareness of the effects of global warming. Current research indicates that polar bear numbers in the wild are declining, with only 20,000-25,000 bear remaining worldwide.