BERLIN (AP) — Berlin’s Tierpark zoo is celebrating the birth of a polar bear, nine months after its mother lost a cub.
Footage posted on social media shows mother Tonja tenderly licking the unnamed cub shortly after its birth Thursday. A second cub was stillborn.READ MORE: VIDEO: Space X Launch Lights Up Pre-Dawn Sky; Crew Headed Toward Space Station
The zoo, in the eastern part of the German capital, said Friday that the new polar bear is about the size of a guinea pig and has already been heard suckling.READ MORE: Police Activity Slows Bay Bridge Traffic Heading To Oakland
Tonja’s first cub, Fritz, died of unknown causes in March at the age of four months.
The mortality rate for young polar bears is about 50 percent and can be even higher during the first 10 days.MORE NEWS: Rising Sea Level Threatens Stinson Beach Neighborhoods
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