He’s no longer just Polar Bear No. 2
Thanks to students at Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill, the three-year-old male polar bear that arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new International Polar Bear Conservation Centre on Oct. 9 now has a name:
"We felt that it was important to have the kids in Churchill select the name for the bear. That’s where he came from; he’s their polar bear," said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations at the zoo. "The school did an excellent job and we couldn’t be happier with their selection."
"Storm" was submitted by Grade 3 student Brindi Botelho during a school-wide naming contest that invited students and their parents to offer suggestions for the bear’s name. A selection committee that included the Mayor of Churchill, Michael Spence, Duke of Marlborough School guidance counsellor Verna Flett and principal Darren Kinden selected the winner.
"‘Storm’ was chosen by Brindi because it’s the name of our school mascot and our sports team logo," said Kinden. "Our selection committee felt that it was a great name for the polar bear because of its local significance, plus for most of our winter months we experience a multitude of storms."
The zoo has also asked the Duke of Marlborough School to name the newest polar bear cub to arrive at the IPBCC — an 11-month-old female bear who made the trip from Churchill earlier this week. Both bears are currently under the standard 30-day quarantine period at the zoo. Details on when the two new arrivals will be introduced to the community will be made public when they’re available.