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Polar bear cubs to make first public appearance on Friday

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Polar bear enthusiasts in Winnipeg are in for a treat this Halloween.

Two 11-month-old orphaned polar bear cubs will make their public debut at the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, the Assiniboine Park Zoo announced Monday.

The orphaned siblings, one male and one female, arrived at the zoo in September after they were spotted along the Hudson Bay shoreline. Following an unsuccessful search to locate the mother, officials at Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship made the decision to transport the animals to the IPBCC.

“The cubs will spend a few more days exploring their outdoor enclosure off exhibit before making their public debut on Friday,” Dr. Brian Joseph, Director of Zoological Operations, said in a statement. “They will remain on exhibit at the IPBCC for several months, growing and adjusting to their new home. When we feel they are ready we will begin the process of introducing them to our other bears in the Journey to Churchill exhibit.”

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 27/10/2014 (1757 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Polar bear enthusiasts in Winnipeg are in for a treat this Halloween.

Two 11-month-old orphaned polar bear cubs will make their public debut at the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, the Assiniboine Park Zoo announced Monday.

The public will have the chance to vote on names for the new polar bear cubs at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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The public will have the chance to vote on names for the new polar bear cubs at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The orphaned siblings, one male and one female, arrived at the zoo in September after they were spotted along the Hudson Bay shoreline. Following an unsuccessful search to locate the mother, officials at Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship made the decision to transport the animals to the IPBCC.

"The cubs will spend a few more days exploring their outdoor enclosure off exhibit before making their public debut on Friday," Dr. Brian Joseph, Director of Zoological Operations, said in a statement. "They will remain on exhibit at the IPBCC for several months, growing and adjusting to their new home. When we feel they are ready we will begin the process of introducing them to our other bears in the Journey to Churchill exhibit."

The cubs have yet to be named, which is where the public comes in. The zoo is asking the community to help name the bears via an online poll on Facebook.

The name options for the male cub are Blizzard, Jack and Keewatin, while the options for the female cub are Crystal, Trinity and Star.

Students from three northern Manitoba schools (Gillam School, George Saunders Memorial School, and Fox Lake School) helped choose the name options.

The winning names will be announced Friday.

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