Columbus polar bear cub makes first public appearance Wednesday

Anana's cub (Columbus Zoo)

POWELL (WCMH) – The first of three polar bears born at the Columbus Zoo over the winter was out for public viewing Wednesday morning.

Anana and her cub splashed their way to into the public’s eye at about 9am, this morning.

Aurora and her twins will be able to be seen by the public on Thursday. The zoo said the three cubs will not be on view together because female polar bears typically raise their young independently.

The zoo also announced Wednesday that Anana’s cub is a girl, and Aurora’s twins are one female and one male.

According to the zoo, the polar bear mothers have been caring for their cubs in their dens and behind-the-scenes areas to ensure healthy development. After successfully completing “swim lessons,” the cubs have become acclimated to the outdoor habitat at Polar Frontier, where visitors can enjoy viewing them and learn more about this threatened species.

The three cubs are the only three polar bears born in a zoo in North America in 2016.

The zoo is also giving you a chance to name Anana’s cub by logging onto log onto:

You can choose between, Amelia Gray, Denali, Elisapee, or Vieta. 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.

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