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The Metro Toronto Zoo’s newest addition is a polar bear cub.
On November 11, 2015 the staff was delighted to find that Aurora, one of the Toronto Zoo’s polar bears, gave birth to two polar bear cubs. Despite Aurora attempting to nurse the cubs shortly after birth, one of the cubs did not survive the first 24 hours.
Resident Tigress Makali gives birth to four healthy white lion cubs
The Toronto Zoo is happy to announce that Makali, one of our female white lion gave birth to four cubs; two cubs on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 and two cubs on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. All four cubs appear healthy and are feeding well.
Canadian 1st, Metro Zoo panda Er Shun gives birth to two healthy cubs
On October 13, 2015, Er Shun, the female giant panda gave birth to two cubs. This was this first successful reproduction of giant pandas in Canada. Zoo staff are pleased to announce that the baby pandas may be viewed in the next few weeks.
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Just shy of their four month milestone on February 13, we have determined the sex of the cubs! The larger cub who was born first is male, and the smaller cub born second is female.
Telling the sex of a giant panda based solely on their appearance is not very straightforward or reliable. To determine the sex of the cubs, staff collected cheek-cell samples from the cubs with a small swab and drove them to Trent University, Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre.
The twin cubs now weigh 5.55 kg and 4.85 kg. Both continue to become more active and playful, often play-wrestling with one another. Both are trying hard to walk and are improving daily. Their noses are almost fully blackened and their fur continues to become fuller and fuzzier and their teeth continue to come in.
Now at 12 weeks of age, you can meet our cubs from 11 am - 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays in a special secluded viewing area in the African Savanna. This temporary viewing area serves as an outdoor transitioning den for these young cubs, where they will be able to get more exercise, play and explore within a safe and warm environment. Pandas normally have a single cub, and multiple births can pose several problems, one of which is that pandas tend to ignore the second infant.
Our white lion cubs continue to grow and have slowly been introduced to dad Fintan. Every weekday, keepers are working on integrating the pride with Fintan and the cubs. All cubs are over 30lbs and are still very active, playful and rambunctious!
Surpassing her one month milestone on December 11, 2015, our polar bear cub’s nose and foot pads have darkened, and she is becoming much fuzzier. She now feeds 8 times a day, and the temperature in her incubator is slowly being lowered to room temperature. After every feed, she gets about 10-15 minutes of exercise or "play" time, and although she can't yet stand, she sure does a lot of squirming about! Her eyes have not yet opened, but our Wildlife Health Centre team predict that they will be in the next week or so.
While she continues to do well, this is still a critical time for this young cub and she will remain under close watch in our Wildlife Health Centre, not viewable to public.
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