Polar bear cub enjoys playing in the snow for the first time at Detroit Zoo


One of the newest residents of Detroit Zoo seems to be adapting to her home and winter conditions.

Zoo officials shared a video on Instagram Tuesday of one of its nearly 4-month-old twin polar bear cubs recently frolicking in the snow on Oakland County’s grounds.

“Last week, the female cub at the Detroit Zoo was able to experience its first romp in the snow during a short, monitored playtime,” says the article. “She’s not old enough to start her own business or stay outside all day, but has moved out of her nursery and now lives in a larger room within the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex.”

Last month, representatives of the zoo showed pictures of the boys born there for the first time since 2004.

The couple debuted on November 17th. Her mother is 8 year old Suka.

The zoo said the videotaped woman appeared weak days after she was born and needed special attention, including around-the-clock care and bottle feeding.

“The boy also graduated from the bottle and can drink formula from a bowl,” officials wrote on Tuesday. “She tips the scales over 20 pounds – what a big girl!”

Meanwhile, the post said, “Suka and Cub are also fine and are expected to venture out of the birthing cavity in the next few weeks.”

Zoo officials have not disclosed the sex of the other boy. When they were born in November, officials said the fact that the twins are raised separately, one by Suka and one by humans, would give the zoo a rare chance to learn from the experience.

Her father is 16-year-old Nuka who came to the zoo in January 2020. On February 8, he killed the zoo’s other female polar bear, 20-year-old Anana, during a breeding attempt.


Dusty Kennedy