Polar Bear Cub Dies at Ouwehands Zoo

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Due to a very unfortunate combination of circumstances on the evening of Thursday, 11 June 2020, one of the two polar bear cubs has died. We are currently investigating the cause of this great loss to our zoo. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

“The loss of the little polar bear breaks my heart. It does sometimes occur that a cub dies shortly after birth, or that the mother’s instinct choses to let a cub die because its chances of survival are nil. The mother then probably sees or senses that something is wrong with the cub. It is devastating to lose a cub after six months”, says José Kok, Head of Animal Care.

Many cubs 
It’s been a long time since Ouwehands Zoo has lost a young polar bear. Many cubs have been born at the zoo over the years, which in time have been relocated to other zoos where they contribute to the international breeding programme for conservation of the species.

Six Months’ Fun
The twins Yuka and Yura were born in November last year and in March the cubs and their mother ventured outside for the first time. Since then, we’ve been able to enjoy the spectacle of the little twins playing and frolicking together and with their mother. They were sprightly and growing well.

Yura was already six months old and had a wonderful future ahead of her. The mother and her other cub grieved at little Yura’s side. It is a great shame that we can no longer enjoy her fun and sparkle.