Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub takes his first steps

Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub takes his first steps

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Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub takes his first steps

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 2:40 PM

The Toronto Zoo's two-month-old polar bear cub has taken his first steps and is starting to play.

The cub born Nov. 9 was the only one to survive in the litter of three born to Aurora. He has been looked after by zookeepers because of his mother's history of rejecting and attacking previous litters.

WATCH VIDEO OF THE CUB'S FIRST STEPS

The first three months of a cub's life are critical and many don't survive, but zoo staff have been working around the clock to ensure he receives the necessary care.

The cub now weights 9.7 pounds, a 529 percent increase since his original birth weight, and he has begun teething. He has been removed from his incubator and is acclimating to cooler temperatures now that his coat is getting thicker, but remains in a climate-controlled environment.

"We are very happy with his progress so far. We hope that he will grow up to become another ambassador for his species, highlighting threats to the arctic environment," said Dr. Graham Crawshaw, Senior Veterinarian.

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