Insanely Cute Andean Bear Cub Debuts at Queens Zoo

 

An adorable Andean bear cub, the first of its species ever born in New York City, has made his public debut at the Queens Zoo. On his first public debut, this incredibly cute Andean bear - the first ever born in New York - entertained with some hilarious climbing attempts.

The male cub was born over the winter to mother Nicole, 4, and father Bouba, 6. He now weighs 25 pounds and is venturing into the zoo's bear habitat with his mom to start exploring.  The sublimely sweet cub doesn't have a name yet, and exhibit times will vary until he becomes fully acclimated to his outdoor surroundings.

 
 

Andean bears are the only bear species native to South America.  The Queens Zoo is breeding Andean bears as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).Andean bears are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Estimates indicate there are fewer than 18,000 remaining in the wild, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

 
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