First steps of a polar bear cub

This video was online a week ago but took several more days to get to YouTube.  Since then it’s garnered nearly two million views.  This polar bear cub (Ursus maritimus) at the Toronto Zoo is two months old; here are some of the YouTube notes:

Born on November 9th 2013, our adorable cub is currently residing in the Wildlife Health Centre. During his stay, our newest polar bear family member will be under the intensive eyes of our dedicated veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and keeper staff.

It certainly makes strange sounds! Reader P, who contributed this item, notes that the cub ” is the only survivor of a litter of three. He was taken away from his mother Aurora, since she had a history of rejecting her young.”


  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Awww the baby cub seems lonely. He needs cuddles!

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s saying, “I’m a baby! Why am I all alone?!”

  2. Achrachno
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I feel just like him some mornings.

  3. James Walker
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink


  4. Notagod
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    The christian gods appear to want that species eliminated or at least severely troubled. And christians still wonder why no one likes them.

  5. Posted January 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Is it just me, or does he look (justifiably) inordinately proud with himself at the end?

    I sincerely hope he was further rewarded for his excellent performance with lots of cuddles and a warm bottle of milk.


  6. still learning
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Legs. How do they work anyway?

    Love his squonk noises!

  7. Posted January 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on theslowotter and commented:
    HOW ADORABLE IS THIS BEAR. It’s so sad, though, that it’s the only survivor from its family :'(. Polar bears are so cool.

  8. Posted January 12, 2014 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    His posture at the end is so reminiscent of those typical baby photos in which the baby is holding its shoulders and head up with its arms.

    What a sweet little baby animal that is “doomed” to grow into the strongest and most dangerous but beautiful mammal predator.

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