Polar Bear Cub Gets Her Name – Meet Nora!

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The public has spoken! Following a worldwide online poll, the three-month-old polar bear cub born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium finally has a name: Nora!

The name was one of four options the Zoo put to a public vote between Jan. 19 and Feb. 3. Nora, a combination of the cub’s parents’ names, Nanuq and Aurora, garnered the most votes followed by; Kaya, meaning “little but wise”; Sakari, meaning “sweet”; and Desna, meaning “boss”. The four names had been selected by the Columbus Zoo’s animal care staff, and participants were able to cast their vote online once every 24 hours.

Participants spanned the globe, with 115 countries represented in the voting. The top five participating countries were the United States, France, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom for a total of 88,061 votes.

“We are thrilled and inspired that so many people around the world helped name this young polar bear,” said Tom Stalf, president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo. “We hope that those who have been watching Nora grow will continue to do so throughout her life, and remember that we all have a role to play in protecting wild polar bears for generations to come.”

Nora was born on Nov. 6 in the Polar Frontier region at the Columbus Zoo. Animal care team members had hoped that Aurora would be able to take care of the cub herself, but she eventually began leaving the fragile newborn alone for prolonged periods of time. Under the guidance of the Species Survival Plan, a program created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Columbus Zoo decided to intervene and raise the cub by hand.

She has been growing up fast ever since. The cub, who weighed about one pound at birth, now weighs 18 pounds, and has recently been growing up to an inch a week. She has quickly gone from learning how to walk to running and galloping. Staff members have started to introduce her to water via a small tub, where she has been enjoying splashing around.

“While she does possess some of her infant qualities, she is starting to become independent and play with her new, big bear enrichment items,” said Shannon Morarity, assistant curator at the Columbus Zoo.

Polar bears are native to the circumpolar north including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark (Greenland). They are at the top of the Arctic food chain and primarily eat seals. Polar bear populations are declining due to the disappearance of sea ice, and experts estimate that only 20,000-25,000 polar bears are left in the wild. Some scientists believe if the warming trend continues two-thirds of the polar bear population could disappear by the year 2050.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is dedicated to conserving polar bear populations in the wild, and is recognized as an Arctic Ambassador by Polar Bears International.

For the latest news about Nora, follow the Columbus Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, please visit ColumbusZoo.org.

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Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing more than $5 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

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100 Comments:

  1. All I can say is: awwwwww

  2. unforuantly, nora has no understanding of our human culture. to us she nora
    but to “nora” she’s….

  3. 781611299Naung LattWin

    love nora

  4. Thank you for naming the polar bear cub Nora. It was the best thing that
    ever happened to me because polar bear are my favorite animal in the whole
    world and Nora is my name! I would like to know how they decided to name
    her Nora? God bless.

  5. Adorable AF

  6. I hope they don’t castrate it/neuter it/spade it and claim they are doing
    good like they do with defenseless cats and dogs. sick people.

  7. I want one!!

  8. THATS A ROBOT GET THAT CUTE THING AWAY FROMM MEEE!!!!

  9. was expecting to see an Ice Bear reference in the comments section… was
    disappointed :(

  10. Go Nora!!!!

  11. OMG SO FUCKING CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  12. Quick, someone call and ambulance! I’ve had a CUTENESS OVERDOSE!!!

  13. Everybody is in the living room watching super bowl halftime. I’m over here
    watching this.

  14. Omg she’s so cute!!! ????????

  15. IT’S SO CUTE I WANT IT

  16. So funny how humans embrace these wild animals, is it cute? Of course! Will
    it kill you in a heart beat? Yes it will.

  17. Lord it’s adorable!!

  18. тнe мad ĸιng ツ

    It’s like a dog. So fucking cute.

  19. How can you bring yourself to dis like this

  20. It’s cute when it’s young but when it grows up, it can bite your head clean
    off.

  21. alexandra plancarte

    ?

  22. If she was a boy they should’ve gone with Ice Bear.

  23. She is absolutely adorable but I don’t like the name Nora. Why no
    something more Iniuit or Indian or Alaskan. OH well there is a new kids
    movie Called Norm of the North.

  24. I’m a real nigga and all but this shit mad ass fucking cute

  25. so cuteeeeee :D

  26. AWWW bless little Nora!

  27. Cuteness had taken over my manliness

  28. Hello Nora, Wishing you all the best :)

  29. SO CUTE!!!!

  30. I must admit, Nora is unbearably adorable.

  31. But Nora was supposed to be the name of a sloth, not a polar bear.

  32. Ok, how many chuck norrises do I have to kill to regain my manliness?

  33. Emilia Vlogs And Music

    so precious!!!!!!!! Can I have her???

  34. Something beautiful and they give it the worst name possible

  35. I’ll tke 14

  36. so cute

  37. look at video on my page pretty weird

  38. SOOOO KAWAII!!!!!

  39. you wait until its fully grown and starts ripping peoples jugulars out

  40. I must see more!

  41. Avenger Spartan-725 (Caleb Goodwin)

    This is so cute… I had to punch a wall to feel manly again.

  42. Nora Fries. xD

  43. Nora is a sluts name, they would have been better off naming her Hoeisha.

  44. Rare Who Roast Beast

    I’m drunk so I’m pretty much watching everything I stumble across.

  45. SO FLUFFY !!

  46. Rip my heart cause it just melted

  47. I can’t believe Kellogg killed her.

  48. AWE!!

  49. ever wonder if cute things ever realize how cute they are

  50. AHHH KAWWIIIII!!!!

  51. Wild animals belong in the wild. Zoo’s are ridiculous.

  52. so cute??❤️!

  53. that is one cool sheep

  54. My Nora died in a cold place like the artic. A cryo cell.

  55. Tommy, Gracie & Leo

    Adorable fluffy cuteness! Nora <3

  56. nora means stray in japanese lol

  57. Fuck! This was really cute I need to go wrestle a bear up get my manliness
    back

  58. It’s fun and games until it grows big then it’ll cut your head faster than
    a muslim lol

  59. Where can i buy one?

  60. That fur would look excellent on my mother.

    Petapunch

  61. Nacchan channel (なっちゃんちゃんねる)

    kawaii!

  62. Yaaaaas

  63. it looks like a puppy

  64. prettyreckless2700

    HELLO you’ve been eaten by .. Nora!

  65. I knew my wife from Fallout 4 survived…

  66. So cute

  67. SO CUTE!!! EYES ARE…. BURNING!! Omfg

  68. So cute and fluffy!

  69. waaaay!!!! finally my name :)

  70. She’s aNORAble ?

  71. so beautiful

  72. look into it’s beady black soulless eyes ?? would be what Christian’s say

  73. Where’s her brother ice bear?

  74. THIS IS SOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. awww so sweet innocent darling cub she is… hope she lives longer than
    Knut in German zoo…..

  76. I WANT 200 NORAS

  77. my name is norah!!!!

  78. soo cute

  79. Nora. ..life in a cage

  80. There doesn’t seem to be anything as cute and cuddly as a baby polar bear.
    Still I think it would have been awesome if they gave Nora a Coka Cola
    bottle to hold.

  81. The music is happy and fun now just wait till “Nora” grows up and you will
    see the change of music

  82. General Giovanni Cresva

    whyy cant i stop replaying this video????

  83. She is so cute and pretty!

  84. i have a pet polar bear (baby) :)

  85. Boo! Fluffy McStuffins was a better name.

  86. sportscenter brought me here.

  87. Name the prisoner competition. Damn I missed this.

  88. Awww!!! so cute….

  89. Tfw they name a cute polar bear cub after a virus

  90. So cute

  91. So cute can I have her

  92. BOOP! (if you get that your awesome)

  93. so Cute

  94. *ice bear*

  95. #SaveTheArctic!

  96. OH MY FUCK

  97. Perfect, let this magnificent animal live out its life in captivity. I
    guess its our decision isn’t it, cause we’re an entitled species..

  98. wish I could HUG this TEDDYBEAR ..

  99. Nora from rwby any one?

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