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Happy to be a mother again - polar bear lavishes love on new cub

By Olga Gertcyk
19 February 2016

Touching footage as Gerda shows her maternal instincts to care and play with her baby.

'We don't yet know if it's a boy or a girl,' said a zoo official. Picture: Novosibirsk Zoo

At one moment, the proud mama appears to play hide and seek with her new cub, born on 7 December 2015. 

The baby bear doesn't see her and Gerda gently taps her from around the door of her lair at Novosibirsk Zoo.

The video shows her constantly watching, nudging, and even seeming to kiss her new arrival. 

Gerda and her new cub


Gerda and her new cub


Gerda and her new cub


Gerda and her new cub


Gerda and her new cub

The video shows her constantly watching, nudging, and even seeming to kiss her new arrival. Pictures: Novosibirsk Zoo

The new cub is getting bigger and now walks, but is not yet too steady on its feet. 

'We don't yet know if it's a boy or a girl,' said a zoo official. 'Cubs are tiny when they are born and spend first months of their life next to their mama.'

Gerda and Shilka


Back in April, we introduced you to Gerda tenderly cradling her three month old cub in magical pictures from Novosibirsk Zoo. 


Relax, you are in Siberia


Relax, you are in Siberia


Shilka the bear


Shilka

The ultimate love between mother and daughter. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Gerda was captured on camera two years ago in loving embrace with her first cub Shilka, now sent to a zoo in Japan.

The magical pictures seemed to show the ultimate love between mother and daughter. 

The papa of both her cubs in Kai, now in a separate enclosure at Novosibirsk Zoo. 

Comments (5)

Does the heart good!
Dave, Milwaukee, WI USA
04/04/2016 02:54
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Absolutely adorable .
L M, Clovis,CA. USA.
24/02/2016 07:17
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never mind the rest, pics 7 and 8 say it all!
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
21/02/2016 15:42
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Simply breathtaking, the love between parent and young is beautiful but the maternal love between mother and daughter is sacred...the passing of fragmented wisdom into the jigsaw of mother earth...priceless, and the joy on the polar bears faces depicts this.
Carmen, Ireland
21/02/2016 08:00
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love, love, love this....
Paula, Whidbey Island, USA
21/02/2016 04:46
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