The two cubs white at the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien is doing well

Photo: Courtesy / Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien
One of the cubs, at the age of 11 weeks, has just made its first steps outside the den of his mother Aisaqvak.

The two cubs-born whites at the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien in the last few weeks are doing well and one of them was even able to be photographed outside of the den to his mother. This doubling of births is exceptional, according to the direction of the organization, which believes that the public will be able to see them in the spring.

“For us, this is great news, especially as the second birth was not expected. The presence of these cubs will also contribute to raise public awareness of the message of conservation of the polar bear “, explains the Duty of the biologist Christine Gagnon, director of conservation and education the zoo is located in the Lac-Saint-Jean.

The management has just broadcast the first pictures of the teddy bear is 11 weeks female named Aisaqvak, which has just made its first steps outside the den of his mother, located in the “maternity ward” for polar bears.

Photo: Courtesy / Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien

This is the first bear of this female since 2009. Uniquely, it was followed a few days later a second bear cub, this time from the other female of the zoo of Saint-Félicien, Milak, a beast 10 years of age and weighing 320 pounds. The latter is still in the den of his mother.

The two cubs would be a lot, ” said Ms. Gagnon, after having passed the critical stage of their first few weeks of life. Of here some time, they should also go out to the outside, in the new habitats the largest that have been laid out in 2018 for the three polar bears that live at the Zoo.

For the time being, the management of the institution has not yet ruled on what will happen to the cubs, who are expected to remain for at least two years with their mother. One thing is for certain, the two females will live in separate sections of the habitat, to ensure the safety of their offspring. As for the male — and father of the cubs, he will live to hand, always in the aim of protecting the young polar bears.

Photo: Alexander Shields The Duty
The father of the cubs is Yellé, a male of 13 years of age, weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Ms. Gagnon also points out that these new residents could not be released into the wild, because their chances of survival would be too low. But the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien is part of a network of institutions that wish to preserve the best genetics possible polar bear. The species remains, however, difficult to breed in captivity, hence the rarity of such events. In 2006, there were 364 individuals in zoos on the planet, and only 298 in 2015.

Several polar bear populations are threatened in their natural environment, mainly due to the climatic upheavals that clear the ice in which the animals need for hunting.


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