Columbus Zoo begins contest to name baby polar bear

CREDIT: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Will she be Nora? Desna? Kaya? Or Sakari?

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium opened voting Tuesday on its website to name an almost three-month-old female polar bear cub. The contest ends Feb. 3.

Here are the four options:

  • Desna, an Inuit name meaning “boss”
  • Kaya, a native American name meaning “little but wise”
  • Nora, a blending of her parents’ names (Nanuq and Aurora)
  • Sakari, an Inuit name meaning “sweet”

The cub was one of two born Nov. 6, 2015, to mother Aurora, and father Nanuq. A little less than a week after the cubs were born, Aurora began taking breaks from caring for the surviving cub. When these breaks continued throughout the day and became longer, the Zoo says its Animal Care staff made the decision to remove the cub from the den and began to hand-rear the newborn. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s